Do I just sit on a cushion, cross-legged, close my eyes, and chant ‘ommmmm’ ? That’s what I thought mindfulness was… oh how WRONG I was!
Mindfulness is really about focusing your attention.
That’s it. Easy peasy.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of meditation (it’s a daily practice).
How can you be more mindful each day, try this:
Focus on Food – when you are eating something, instead of stuffing it in your face, eating while you drive, munching through a salad while searching your email … stop, slow down, chew, notice… notice the taste and how the food makes you feel. I know, I know… I can hear you saying “Neen, I don’t have time!”… stop it. Yes, you do. It’s that simple.
Focus on Feelings – when you first wake each day, notice how you are feeling before you get out of bed. My personal practice is to mentally list off 10 things I am grateful for before my feet touch the floor. It’s a great way to start feeling good before the day unfolds.
Focus on ONE thing at a time – when you are continuously multi-tasking you are taxing your beautiful brain and making it harder to complete something … or complete it well. We often think multi-tasking is our only option, nope. It’s not. Stop. Give your valuable attention to one thing, get it done, and move on.
Focus on Faces – get your face out of your phone (yes, put it down, put it away, silence it, leave it in another room… you knew I was going to tell you that). Look into the camera lens on Zoom, look across at your dinner date, look at the road (stop texting and driving it’s dumb and dangerous).
Focus on Health – your mental health, physical health, spiritual health, financial health, AND relational health will all benefit from you being more mindful, paying attention, noticing people.