I’m sure you have heard or seen this word while mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds or perhaps you’ve run across it in a self-help book you’ve recently read.
Mindfulness is an awareness, a presence, a deep connection to ourselves and others around us and to the world itself. Allowing yourself to slow down, process things and experiences with a full focus on the present moment. A universal connection, a collective conscientiousness. Sounds like a big task? Rest easy, mindfulness doesn’t just appear overnight. It takes stillness, even life experiences to move into that space. Some even say it’s an awakening or spiritual enlightenment of sorts. It’s a very individual journey so your perspective may look a little different than someone else’s. That’s where the beauty happens.
” Beauty arises in the stillness of your presence” The Power of Now
I’ve pulled together 25 daily things that can help you move into a space of practicing this new awareness, this new inner connection.
1. Create a bedtime ritual. Go to bed at the same time daily. Get up at the same time daily.
2. Make your bed and mist your sheets with eucalyptus essential oil and water. At night, use lavender essential oil and water.
3. Step outside early morning to receive the energy from the sunrise. If possible, step onto the grass with bare feet. Starting your day with earthing can increase your energy and vitality, along with numerous other health benefits. In the upcoming weeks, I will provide a blog specifically on earthing.
4. When showering, focus on the smell of the shampoo and soap. If possible, buy products that are made with natural ingredients and choose scents that increase your vibration; such as mint, rosemary, eucalyptus.
5. Write positive affirmations on sticky notes and place them on your mirror, around your home or office, or in your car. Repeat these affirmations or mantras throughout the day.
6. Eat your meals without distractions from your phone or television. Practice gratitude by slowing down to enjoy your food. This is often called Mindful Eating.
7. Drink a full glass of water first thing after waking up from a night’s rest. Your bodies have been without hydration for 7-8 hours so it needs to be replenished. Take your time and drink mindfully.
8. Use aromatherapy by lighting a soy candle or defusing essential oils to create a space of positive intentions. Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses and can affect both our mental and emotional well-being.
9. Focus on your breath. Consciously take a deep breath in and then out. Do this slowly. Pay attention to the sensations you feel and if your mind begins to wonder, bring your attention back to your breath.
10. Choose to go on a walk to get fresh air during your lunch break. Instead of taking your phone, listen to the sounds around you.
11. Use bathroom breaks to do some light stretches or squats. This is good for blood circulation and by the end of the day, you have gifted your body with beneficial exercise.
12. Take time to notice a tree, a flower. Take a moment to reach out and touch it. Connecting with nature can make us feel in harmony with the world around us.
13. Create a morning tea or coffee ritual. Instead of rushing through the process of making your tea/coffee…just slow down, pay attention, give gratitude, and savor.
14. Practice mindful listening. When someone is talking to you about their problems, they may not be looking for a solution. They may just want someone to listen . Just listening to a person can help their healing process.
15. Practice awareness with your daily actions. For example, brushing your teeth. So, each time you pick up your toothbrush, stop for a second and notice where you are and how you are feeling. Take a moment to appreciate your healthy teeth and hands that hold your toothbrush. Notice the water that flows in the sink and give gratitude for that very moment. This practice can be done with any action-driven task.
16. If you engage in social media, unfollow anyone that gives you a negative feeling about yourself. Clean up what you see. Only follow accounts that make you feel good and encourages you to become the best version of yourself!
17. Meditate. There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. If only for 5 minutes, practice slowing down your thoughts. Work up to 20 minutes daily.
18. Start a gratitude journal. The practice of gratitude can literally re-wire your brain. Start the day with writing down 3-5 (or more) things that you are grateful for.
19. Move your body. If only for a walk. Just move. Squat down often. Occasionally, sit on the floor to eat.
20. Connect to a passage in the bible. Spend time reading, praying and listening quietly.
21. Practice yoga. This can be done in a community class or you can practice at home through free online classes. Yoga with Adriene is a fantastic free resource on YouTube.
22. Check in with your body to see what it needs. Does it need water? Does it need additional protein? Does it need rest?
23. Water your plants then take time to touch their leaves and speak love over them.
24. Set a daily intention. Intentions give you a sense of purpose and motivation to achieve that purpose.
25. Show someone love.
Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, you just have to learn to access it. Once it is accessed, it will become a new way of living in which we are able to be in the present moment in any given situation. You will be begin to approach day life more calmly and empathically. Your body will begin to de-stress and tap into a more gradual state of conscientiousness.
One mindfulness tool suggested in the list above was meditation (#17). Meditation is the training ground for learning mindfulness. Regularly practicing mindfulness helps us develop the ability to be present throughout the day, every day. There are countless mindfulness meditation techniques. If you are just getting started and need guidance on how to meditate, I recommend heading over to Headspace. They offer a guided meditation app that’s a great starting point on your journey into exploring mindfulness meditation. There’s also a lot of FREE guided meditations on YouTube.
I HIGHLY recommend reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It is a transformational book that you will read over and over again! Finally, I really enjoyed the Tedx Talk from Shauna Shapiro that explains “What You Practice Grows Stronger“. Check it out!
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Spiritual growth and increased awareness are important focuses in my own personal life. If you have questions about this beneficial life practice, I would LOVE to have a conversation with you! Just leave questions/comments below.