It’s a term that has started to become more and more popular. But what is it?
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, mindfulness is:
“The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
Who has time for that?!
As our days are packed, back-to-back, and often feeling like we are running behind schedule, it can feel like if we didn’t automatically breathe – we’d forget to do it!
And yet, staying present and not letting the stress and busyness of life carry us away can be really beneficial.
Need some easy places to start?
- The next time you find yourself getting frustrated in a meeting (or at home), take some deep breaths … in through your nose, into your belly, and with a long exhale – out through your mouth
- Or, the next meal you eat, pause to smell your food. Think about the flavors you are tasting. What do they remind you of?
- Pause between your actions. So, the next time you are running to your meeting – stop to notice your surroundings before you walk in. Or, the next time your phone rings – listen to the sounds and breath before you answer
Sound a little different? Totally!
Try it out this week and see if it makes a difference in your temperament or the stress you may be feeling.
And let us know what works or doesn’t work for you!