When we think of Mindfulness, we often picture someone sitting cross-legged, eyes closed in a deep meditation, with a single goal of emptying the mind…
And while meditation CAN be a practice of Mindfulness, Mindfulness is not solely Meditation.
Unfortunately, people disregard Mindfulness because they think
“I can’t sit still for THAT long.”
“It’s impossible to NOT think!”
But Mindfulness is so much more than that!
Let’s Bust Our Preconceived Notions of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is defined as being consciously aware of something…
… and this something can be ANYTHING!
- Taking a walk out in nature and fully immersing yourself in your surroundings
- Mindfully eating a meal and using all 5 senses to heighten your food experience
- Having a deep conversation and participating in active listening – this means not pulling out your phone mid-convo to answer a text…
All of these activities, as simple as they are, are a form of mindfulness.
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be complex. It just needs your presence.
Let’s Reframe Our View of Mindfulness.
It doesn’t have to be something we “add” into our day.
I want you to take a look at your schedule, right now. What do you have planned for the day? Can you do any of those activities mindfully?
Can you be fully present and engaged in your meetings?
Can you put your phone away at the dining table?
Can you limit your desire to multi-task and focus on one task at a time?
Mindfulness is a habit that can be built into our days. All it takes is a little creative thinking.
What do we get in return for living mindfully?
Mindfulness gives us back our lives. It allows us to get out of our own heads and into the “now.”
No more missing out on the life that is right in front of you.
It is time to experience every moment as it comes.
And I mean, REALLY experience it. All of it.