7 Easy Ways to Be Mindful in Your Everyday Life
Bringing mindful, non-judgmental attention to the present moment has been getting a very good rap these days—once thought of as solely a spirtual practice, it's gaining increasing popularity in the workplace and in pop culture. Research has found that people are substantially happier when paying attention to what they’re doing—even happier than if they’re daydreaming about something pleasant.
While the fastest way to build up a strong level of mindfulness into your life is by developing a meditation practice, the ultimate goal is to implement it into day-to-day life—to enjoy longer and longer stretches of clear, peaceful attention on the present moment. Luckily, every day is filled with opportunities to bring your attention to the present moment—it’s just about making a conscious effort. These seven ideas are just that—suggestions of where to start. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can practice mindfulness at any moment of the day, and see how it changes the quality of your experience.
1. Mindful Waking
Setting an intention to bring mindfulness into the very first moments of your day is a lovely, gentle way to set the tone for the hours to come—rather than slamming your hand on the alarm clock and bolting out of bed in the morning.
Pay attention to: Your mind and your body. Do you feel alert or tired? Are your muscles tight? Slowly stretch your limbs and your back, noticing the sensation of each movement. Try to notice what thought crosses your mind the second you open your eyes - or even just before.
2. Mindful Eating
No matter what your day brings, there are going to be meals—or at least snacks! Reminding yourself