10 super and simple ways to practice mindfulness

10 super and simple ways to practice mindfulness

You've almost certainly heard about mindfulness. 

But you might also have only heard about certain applications of mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is increasingly being recognised as a core component of happiness and living a good life but it's so much more than what many people think. 

Mindfulness can be a form of meditation; but just as much so, it can be a part of everything we do in life. 

Which is why I love this article outlining 10 easy ways to be mindful and I guarantee, that if you integrate mindfulness into all these activities you'll also be integrating happiness into the very fabric of your life…

by Elyse Santilli via the Huffington Post

Have you ever wondered what it means to live in the present? Aren't we all here, now, in the present?

Technically, yes, but for so many of us, we are only 10 percent here.

We are really living in our minds. We exist from day-to-day in a dream-like state where we're not really connected to the world around us, nor centered in our own body or being.

Instead, we're preoccupied with memories of the past, churning thoughts and worries about the future, and judgments and reactions to the few things we do see.

We're literally missing out on most our own lives, which leaves us feeling shallow, empty and deeply unsettled.

The great news is you can learn to be more present and mindful. Here are 10 easy ways you can practice mindfulness in your daily life.

1. Eat mindfully.

When you scoff down your meal on autopilot while distracted by the television, computer or constant conversation, you miss out on the delicious taste and smell of your food. You're also less likely to feel satisfied and nourished, because you 'missed out' on the fact that you ate.

It can be helpful to remember this phrase: When you eat, eat. When you drink, drink.

In other words, don't attempt to do fifty other things when you sit down to a meal, coffee or green juice. Simply focus all of your attention on what is in front of you.

2. Walk mindfully.

Take a beautiful tip from spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh and "walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet."

In others words, when you are out and about, pay attention occasionally to the movement of your body and your surroundings.

Notice as your feet connect with and leave the ground. Feel your muscles moving and supporting you.

Observe what is going on around you — the sights, sounds and life unfolding. You may be amazed to find a whole new world you hadn't even noticed before.

3. Observe your breathing.

As Echkart Tolle once said, a single breath in and out is a meditation.

Your breathing occurs naturally and rhythmically. When you pay attention to it, it takes you out of your mind and into your body.

You momentarily free yourself from your churning thoughts, worries and fears, and you remind yourself of who you really are — your inner spirit, not your thoughts…

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