Mindfulness Meditation How to practice in 8 ways in [August] and [Year]
So many of us spend our days just running from moment to moment. We are busy, have demands coming from several different areas of life, and simply don’t feel like there is time to stop and smell the roses.
That said, being mindful is not as easy as it sounds.
It is a habit that you have to develop- one where we take some moments here or there throughout each day for self-reflection on what really matters now; whether work or family obligations need attention right away; how these tasks fit into my larger goals in this phase of our life (remembering everything doesn't happen at once).
Mindfulness meditation is a habit that you have to develop- one where we take some moments here or there throughout each day for self-reflection on what really matters now; whether work or family obligations need attention right away; how these tasks fit into my larger goals in this phase of my life (remembering everything doesn't happen at once).
The point I am trying to make with all this rambling 🙂
Mindfulness isn't always an “in the present” activity. It can be applied to the future too.
Here are 8 ways to practice mindfulness meditation:
1) Practice Mini Mindfulness throughout the Day:
I am not suggesting that you should sit in your car at a red light and practice mindfulness (though it couldn’t hurt). But I am talking about taking a few moments here or there to reflect on what is really important right now. Maybe, it is time with your loved ones, time spent on a passion or hobby, time balancing work life and home life…and so forth.
2) Turn to Thought Journaling:
I don’t know about you but I often have an internal dialogue throughout the day. In some cases it is positive; in others it is negative; still, in others, it relates to both present and future. It is during these times that I turn to my thought journaling practice. Here, I write my thoughts down on paper (or at least inside my head). Then I stop for a moment or two (sometimes much longer) and let the meaning sink in.
3) Listen to Music:
In the same breath as turning to thought journaling, music can be a great way to turn the mind off for a few moments. It is easier than putting pen or pencil on paper and writing words down but it still allows you space from your thoughts.
4) Take time while Updating Online Social Networks:
Instead of doing what is “necessary” for the time (updating our status, tweeting about how busy we are, etc.), take some time during this activity to stop and reflect on someone else’s thoughts or experiences.
You may find yourself more connected with that person, your friends, family, and even strangers.
5) Practice Giving to Those in Need:
This is probably the most obvious way to practice mindfulness during our lives. It can be practiced anywhere from volunteering around the neighborhood to giving money to a homeless man on the street. We cannot help the world if we don’t see it first, and being mindful of others is a great way to get started.
Sometimes, all you need is to stop for a moment before you do something. This can be as simple as taking time to breathe before you start your day or take that next bite of food. By taking a few moments to listen for the “wind before the storm” you can be more mindful of what is about to take place in your life and plan accordingly.
7) Slow Down to Speed Up:
Many times throughout our day we have deadlines and tasks that need completing ASAP. This is when it is important to take a step back and really analyze the situation. If you are doing something that doesn’t need to be done immediately then slow down and do it right. This will lead to less stress overall, more productivity over time, and a better end result.
8) Make Your Mind Rested & Ready:
This goes along with slowing down and stopping before you begin. Make sure that your mind is rested and ready for the day ahead. Maybe this means going to bed earlier or taking a short nap during the day. Just make sure not to go overboard with it; we want purposeful rest after all.
These are just some of the ways to practice mindfulness meditation in your daily life. It is not an easy practice but once you get a hold of it then you can use it whenever and wherever life takes you.
Mindfulness meditation is one of the popular wellness practices on the planet.
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