Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being aware of our internal and external surroundings, and being present in the moment.  In a world that is always on the go, and a million things to juggle in the mind, it is hard to let go of all the other responsibilities we have looming, and fully enjoy the moment, free from distractions.  Each moment is precious and fleeting, so learning to be mindful will help in enjoying the journey called life.

Always being mindful is kind of a stretch, but we can build up to being able to being mindful for longer periods of time.  For instance, when I started practicing being mindful and in the moment, I would get unexplainable anxiety after just a minute.  Instead of judging myself, I decided that I would work through the anxiety, but not push myself to where I would never want to do it again.  Each day I practiced mindfulness, for only a few minutes, multiple times throughout the day.  And the longer I practiced, the easier being mindful became.  I could go for longer periods of time, and the anxiety I first felt, receded.

Mindfulness Exercises:

  1.  Sit in a chair, with your feet firmly on the ground and your arms either on the armrests or on your lap.  Close your eyes and begin to take slow, deep breaths.  Make sure that your shoulders are still and only your stomach is moving in and out.  Breathe out the air slower than you breathe it in.  And with each breath, release all the distractions floating around in your mind.  Then, focus solely on how the air feels going in the body and down into the lungs, filling your body with clean, healthy oxygen that is renewing your body.  (Doing this exercise will not only help with learning mindfulness, but also in raising your auric vibration).
  2. Choose an object, preferably something small enough to hold.  Examine every detail of it, the way it feels, the smell, the taste, the weight.  (Learning to focus on the tiny details, helps in not getting distracted by other things).
  3. If someone is talking and you are busy doing other things, try stopping what you are doing and give the other person your full attention.  Sometimes you can think you’re listening to people, while doing something else, but afterwards you realize that you have no idea what the other person was talking about.  (Taking a moment to stop what you’re doing and put all your focus on the other person also shows them that you really value what they say, because you’re not too busy to listen to them).