Develop the mindfulness habit
Making any lifestyle change asks for commitment and regular practice.
Developing a regular, consistent habit of mindfulness will help you stay in the present and not be distracted by busyness.
But you don’t have to set aside a half hour mindfulness session every day.
Mindfulness shouldn’t be a burden! While it’s good to schedule mindfulness breaks in your day to help you focus on the present moment, you can incorporate mindfulness into your regular schedule.
The most mundane of tasks can provide an opportunity to practice mindfulness.
When you take a shower, instead of thinking ahead to that upcoming meeting or report, take a moment to feel the water on your skin, notice how the shampoo feels in your hand, how your body feels under the water.
You can practice mindfulness while you’re waiting in line, commuting, or stuck in traffic. Take a breath and really notice what’s happening around you. Get into the habit of dropping into mindfulness!
In our hectic world, more of us are becoming aware of how little peace of mind we have. We run ourselves ragged to the point where we often don’t realize how we got from point A to point B. Depression and anxiety disorders are on the rise, and there seems to be no end to our rushing as a lifestyle setpoint. But we know something needs to change.
What Is Mindfulness?
- It’s being aware of where you are and what you are doing in each moment
- It’s paying attention, on purpose, to what’s going on for us right now
- The aim is to gently bring our mind back whenever we notice it has wandered to somewhere other than what we are currently experiencing
- Why Mindfulness Is Important
- Turns off negative self-talk (our “inner critic”) and dwelling on past mistakes
- Reduces emotional reactivity (fewer freak-outs)
- Reduces self-doubt, fear, and aggression
- Reduces cell damage in the body
- Linked to weight loss
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improved focus and concentration
- Increases neural connections in the brain
- Improves cognitive functioning
Modern Mindfulness Struggles
- We are too busy
- We are too distracted
- We believe we can’t settle our mind
- We are too stressed
- We don’t handle our stress
- We don’t want to experience out feelings
- We multitask
- We love goals
- Take mindfulness breaks
- Use “mono-focus”
- Try an app
- Remember R.A.I.N
- Notice your autopilot
- Let It Ring
- Set up prompts
- Do It slowly
- Transition mindfully
- Take a mini-breakation
- Wake up
- Short Walking Meditation
You will receive downable MP3’s, eBook, Enhanced eBook, and a workbook to assist you with keeping track of your goals, this is personal to you nothing to turn in. However I would like to hear from you on your progress.
The audio has been added as a lesson, please download the attached MP3's for your listening convenience