Staying present when overwhelmed by countless daily activities is challenging. Being present starts with recognizing that we can really only do one thing at a time and that we ought to do that one thing mindfully.
Today we’re sharing a few suggestions on how to find small moments of mindfulness in the everyday.
- When you wake up, try a quick body scan, noticing (without judgement) any sensations you feel.
- Go outside and feel the fresh sunlight on your face. Notice the warmth.
- In the morning, light a candle and take a moment to set an intention for the day.
- Put your hand on an object that you use everyday and feel gratitude for the object and it’s purpose in you life.
- Consider starting the day by writing in a gratitude journal. It can be as simple as listing three things you are grateful for. Practicing gratitude conditions us to see the good over the bad, to find the love and humanity despite the obstacles.
- Eat without media distractions and practice eating mindfully. Notice how your food smells, and how it tastes and feels in your mouth.
- When you water your plants, take the time to carefully wipe down each leaf.
- Go for a walk in nature without listening to music or a podcast. Instead listen to the sounds of nature. Indulge your senses in nature, smell the flowers, touch the bark of a tree, feel the grass or sand beneath your feet.
- Practice listening mindfully
- Take a few minutes to focus on your breathing while you’re walking, driving, or waiting in line.
- Shop mindfully
- Say "no" when you don’t want to do something or are feeling burnt out.
- Hug someone you love.