There are many definitions to being mindful. Here is a detailed definition from White Wind Zen Community:
Mindfulness is wordless. Mindfulness is meeting the moment as it is, moment after moment after moment, wordlessly attending to our experiencing as it actually is. It is opening to not just the fragments of our lives that we like or dislike or view as important, but the whole of our experiencing.
Being mindful is also described as “…paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally” by Marsha Lucas, Ph. D.
Positive Psychology Program lists a number of ways mindfulness improves our lives including reducing stress, improving general health, boosts resilience and much more.
How can we incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives? Keep reading to find out.
How to Be Mindful Everyday
1. Do It During Daily Activities
When you’re going about your daily activities, take the time to really pay attention to what you’re doing and what is happening. Be aware of all the different flavors in your lunch and if any senses awaken when you brush your teeth.
2. Be Diligent
Being mindful isn’t a passive exercise; it requires practice. As Dr. Lucas told Psych Central, mindfulness is, “A practice that trains your brain to be more efficient and better integrated, with less distractibility and improved focus. It minimizes stress and even helps you become your best self.”
3. One Task at A Time
How well do you complete a task when you’re also working on three other things at the same time? Do you find you make more mistakes when your attention is interrupted?
It is much more productive and even healthier to focus on one thing at a time.
4. Help Yourself Long-Term
When you’re connected with your body, you can be acutely aware if everything is right, or if something is wrong. As Mindful.org states, “When your mind is with your body, you are well-established in the here and the now. You are fully alive.” If you feel something is off, use acupuncture as a way to heal. Whether you’re in pain because of an injury or just want to be looked at, acupuncture can address the needs of your body, as well as your mind.
Being mindful connects us to our body, mind and world around us. Through active participation, we can experience the benefits of mindfulness that can help us in both the short and long term.
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