Meditation Not For You? Try These 5 Mindful Practices Instead...
Have you thought about incorporating mindfulness into your daily life but don’t know where to start, or maybe you’re a meditation skeptic?
Below you will find 5 mindful practices that you can start incorporating today! Try a one, or all five, and choose what works best for you.
The ultimate goal is to become aware of how you are living moment-to-moment without judgment. Once you can notice your present moment thoughts, emotions, and body sensations you will begin to feel more connected to yourself and can give yourself what it needs moment-to-moment….like an attitude adjustment, reframe of negative thoughts, or reel in that monkey mind of yours!
5 PRACTICES TO JUMPSTART A MORE MINDFUL LIFE!
1. Develop a Morning Routine
Set yourself up for success right away by developing a morning routine that does not involve technology. By developing a morning routine you begin to develop a deeper mind body connection. Make your coffee or tea and begin a 3-5 minute guided mediation, journal, do a gentle stretch, consciously breathe for a minute, or write your weekly to-do's in your planner. Find what works for you!
2. Set a Daily Intention
Before you leave your house for the day, set a positive intention. By setting a daily intention, you are acknowledging how you want to feel. When you are clear on how you want to feel, the choices you make will help create your dream life. Remind yourself of your intention when your day starts to get hectic or may not be going the way you want it to.
Some examples: today I want to feel playful in all aspects of my life. Today I want to feel nurtured by the food I eat. Today I want to notice negative self talk and shift to positive self talk.
3. Wear a Rubber Band
Wearing a rubber band around your wrist can help you return to the present moment, especially if you are not in the practice of living in the present. Every time you put your hand in your pocket the rubber band will catch on your clothing. When you feel this, or when you see the rubber band, return to the present moment, anchor yourself with a couple of breathes, and notice: what you are doing, how you are feeling, and what is around you.
4. Begin to Listen
The next time you are in a conversation, notice if you are already thinking about what you are going to say before the other person finishes. Don't worry, this is the case for many of us! Getting in the practice of listening to others and ourselves is not easy and takes time. By listening to others and pausing before you speak, you shift into choice and response, rather than habit and reaction. Remember, your words are powerful and can create your life. By listening to yourself and to your body, you will begin to notice your intuition and what you actually want, both of which can help guide you to your purpose.
5. Eat Mindfully
End mindless eating for good! Give yourself the experience of eating distraction free. Notice: the smell, taste and texture of your food, when you become full, and how you feel after you have finished eating. Bonus! You will experience real connection, whether that is to yourself or to others.