Mindfulness is about taking a holistic approach to our body, mind and soul. When practicing mindfulness, you are paying attention in a particular way, becoming more aware in every possible moment of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.
By taking short breaks to allow our thoughts, feelings and sensations to come and go, accepting them without judgement can help us enjoy the world around us more, reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions, sharpen your concentration skills, and understand ourselves better.
Here are 6 easy ways you can practice mindfulness in your daily life.
1. EAT WITH GRATITUDE
Take a moment to be thankful that you have delicious nourishing food and give appreciation to all the people needed to make it possible. Instead of shoveling food down regardless of whether you’re hungry or full, eat slowly, consume in small portions and chew thoroughly without distraction. Observe rather than judge how the food makes you feel, and the bodily sensation about taste, satisfaction and fullness.
2. BURN/DIFFUSE PALO SANTO
Palo Santo has been used since ancient times for purifying, keeping energies grounded and clearing of negativity. Being grounded is about making a harmonious connection with Mother Earth, bringing your awareness into balance with your body in the present moment. You can choose between using Palo Santo essential oil and smudging with Palo Santo wood; the aroma is uplifting and elicits a sense of peacefulness and calm. Get in the Palo Santo ritual and discover its magic and healing power!
3. MEDITATE REGULARLY
Meditating regularly will help the mind to focus and be in the moment. It resets the chattering mind and helps you to let go of anxieties and stresses of daily life.
4. TAKE A PAUSE
Take time to pause between actions in your day can give your mind a chance to regain balance, find your inner peace and provide you with fresh energy for the new tasks ahead.
5. MINDFUL WALK
Take a short walk (even if it’s only around your house or office), make the intention to let your thoughts go as soon as you start walking, simply be aware of each step and of your breath. It’s a very good way to let go of your worries and bring peace into your body and mind.
6. OBSERVE YOUR BREATH
Close your eyes, notice, accept and be aware of your breath - the inhale and exhale. It’s very natural to notice your mind has wandered, but that’s perfectly okay, notice that this is happening and gently bring your attention back to your breath. By focusing on your breath, it takes you out of your mind and into your body that will help you develop a sense of calm and focus.