When people hear the term “Mindfulness” they often picture practices like meditation or yoga.
While meditation and yoga are in themselves facets of mindfulness, they are not the end-all. Mindfulness can be brought into even the tiniest aspects of everyday life with a little practice.
Take a walk
Mindful walks, especially through nature, are scientifically proven to increase happiness. Put away the phone and observe the area around you.
Pay attention to your breath. This is one of the best mindfulness techniques because it can be done anytime, anywhere. Simply focus on your breath, and all mental discourse will cease. In stressful situations this can allow you to retain peace and calm.
Analyze the food you intend to eat before eating it. Is it the best choice for your body? Is it nutritious? How will I feel after eating this? There is a huge difference in the way you feel after a meal at Sweetgreen as compared to McDonalds. Yes, McDonald’s tastes good, but it leaves you feeling lethargic and greasy. It is also the farthest thing from natural. Mindfulness is about listening to your body when it comes to eating, not your cravings.
Feel yourself being cleaned. Smell the scent of your shampoo and pay attention to how it feels to clean yourself. Be mindful of the steam and the warmth, and the solitude.
Avoid interpreting experiences
When we interpret an experience, we cloud the truth with our judgment and perspective. What matters is the impact of the experience. Only by listening to the moment, and not analyzing it, can we understand life’s lessons.