Sometimes we get caught up in our routines we forget to pause and appreciate the little things that matter. This may sound like a line from a movie, but mindful living practices are good for everybody’s life. It helps you find joy, happiness, peace, and meaning while you juggle the hustle and bustle of everyday. There are a number of ways to practice mindfulness and although you may not notice it, the things that make you feel happy is already an act of mindful living. It is in the core of doing the things that we love like relaxing to music, walking, eating your favorite snack or engaging in a beloved hobby.
In its essence, mindfulness is doing the things that relax you while opening yourself to happiness.
How to be mindful in your everyday life
There are various ways on how to be mindful inside the house. One way is by doing household chores. Before you react to that, imagine this: engaging in what seems like a mundane activity is a form of exercise. Perceive your daily routine, such as cleaning the house, positively. Mindfulness is being in the moment and enjoying the subtle and positive impact it can make to your body.
Another activity in which you can practice mindfulness in your everyday life is when you do gardening. Gardening is scientifically proven to be therapeutic. The more you dig into dirt, the more you relieve stress and anxiety. Enjoying nature is like living in poetry. Bask in the sunlight as you tend to your garden and pause to admire the beauty of the flowers as you take in all the natural aromas around you. Carpe Diem Yoga takes this mindfulness front and center to its practice and brings you to a moment of gratefulness.
The idea is as simple as this: Whatever you do, enjoy every moment. Whether you are at home, riding public transportation, or out on a brief errand. Mindfulness is being in the moment and focusing on the things around you. It is an awareness of the things that you do and the things that happen around you. This sensitivity to your surroundings and the present, is a practice of mindfulness.
Easy ways to be mindful every day
Let’s take a look at some of the easy ways to be mindful in your everyday life:
- When walking
Pay attention to your body when you are walking. Feel and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Do you feel tired? Do you feel like you need more fresh air? Focus on your body movement and enjoy every step while being completely aware of your muscle movement and breathing.
- When eating
Pay attention to what you are eating. It may be tempting to gobble up a mouth-watering dish but take the time to enjoy the taste, the smell, the texture, and the presentation of the food while you eat. When you are mindfully eating, you are enjoying every meal as though it was your last. Enjoy every bite you take and savor the food as you continue eating.
- When showering
Pay attention to the water that touches your skin and how the temperature feels as you shift from cold to hot. Enjoy the scent and moisture of the soap and enjoy the act of lathering yourself richly in the moment.
There are many other ways to practice mindfulness every day. It is vital to find time to clear your mind the start focusing on the moment.
Mindfulness is like a revolt against the dulling effects of materialism. It is a refusal to succumb to routine. It is embracing every moment because it is a gift. No matter the simplicity of the task, we are thankful because we can breathe, we can walk, we can feel. Mindful living gives you a heart of gratitude that spills over other lives. Because when we understand the joys of the moment, we will strive to live a meaningful life for others and ourselves.
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