Three Simple Ways to Be More Mindful
We’ve all heard it before, mindfulness is the magic key to happiness, success, great love, etc. But how? How do we cultivate a mindfulness practice that isn’t intimidating or time consuming?
I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation in waves for the past five years, and there is something truly powerful in implementing small steps that can last throughout the years.
So let’s get started!
Mindfulness Rule #1: PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Starting the day by saying OUT LOUD what you are grateful is an incredible way to start your day because you are shifting your focus on the positive. Sure, there will always be deadlines, relationship stress, and life’s little worrisome moments, but by starting your day by pointing out the blessings in your life, you are mentally shifting to being positive.
PRO TIP: I use a gratitude journal, because I like to put pen to paper. But you can lay in bed and just name 1-3 things that you are grateful for.
Have a partner that you share a bed with? Share your daily gratitudes with each other and spread that positivity!
Mindfulness Rule #2: DEEP BREATHING
This one can be a little tough. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, try stepping back and taking three deep breaths. You can do this right at your desk. Close your eyes, step away from your screen and inhale deeply feeling your ribs expand. Hold your breath for half a second at the top, and gently release and exhale it all out. If you feel comfortable, let out a sigh at the end of your exhale and feel yourself physically de-stress.
Try a mini-meditation by taking three deep breaths every hour, or once in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Taking a step back to breathe can be incredibly powerful.
Mindfulness Rule #3: TAKE A MOMENT BEFORE EACH MEAL
Before you take a bite of your food, take a moment to say thanks. This could be a blessing, or it could be a mental note. I like to take a second to think about where my food came from. Did my herbs come from my garden? Thank you seeds for sprouting into this food. Did my eggs come from my CSA? Thank you farmers and thank you chickens for laying those delicious eggs.
Buy your food at the supermarket? No problem! Thank you supermarket workers! Thank you food chain for giving me this food.
When we practice gratitude, deep breathing, and taking a moment before eating we cultivate a life of mindfulness. Small acts lead to big shifts. By adding in these small daily practices, you will begin to see the world differently. You will be more at peace with yourself and the world around you.
Have you tried any of these mindfulness practices? What is your biggest challenge to living a mindful life? Let me know in the comments below!