Mindfulness is like meditation! It’s a practice that can be shockingly simple, but dense and profound nonetheless.To be mindful is to be conscious, and to be conscious is to be present in the moment. Mindfulness is a surge of energy that helps us to understand, accept, and recognize the happenings in our lives – especially that of happiness, fulfillment, and contentment.
I think that adding mindfulness to your daily life is a way to open up the mind. It’s to really live in the body you inhabit – to live in the mind you have. Make friends with your mind, make friends with your body. A quote that changed my perspective was this:
“…and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.” – Nayyirah Waheed
Mindfulness is a source of happiness and inner peace. And with practice, it’s only a few steps away.
5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness
Set Your Ambiance.
Plan a time to practice your mindfulness. Somewhere tranquil, some place quiet, uninterrupted. Just like like meditation or chakra healing, be in a safe place to explore your thoughts and energy. Set your ambiance. Get comfy. Maybe sit on a pillow. Rest against a wall, or sit on your bed against the head board. Maybe even practice as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Focus on Your Breathing
When you’re settled, focus on your breathing. Breathe in, breathe out. Slowly. Enjoy the breath. Feel the moment. Follow it through. I’m a visual person, and it helps me to visualize my lungs willing with calm swirls of fresh air. Feel your your chest expand, than your middle, then your belly as you fill with breaths of good intention. When exhaling, imagine releasing all the feelings and tension that no longer serve you. Rid your lungs of any negative energy, you are safe in your body.
Breathing one of the most common signs of life. Begin to feel the peaceful and calming sensations that come with begin alive. Because that is what you are. Alive and well. Your mind may wander and you may forget about your breathing. Remember to come back and visit it every so often. Close your eyes and tune in.
Be Aware Of Your Body
As you begin to feel the liveliness of your breath, begin to travel to the other parts of your body. Visualize your heart beating, your organs functioning, your brain being stimulated in beautiful colors as your explore your inner thoughts. Appreciate your body – it’s the only one you have, and it is always working just for you. Treat it well. Like Nayyirah Waheed decided, be friends with your body. It’s waiting for you. Hover on these thoughts.
Release Your Tension
It’s not easy to focus on yourself all the time. Your mind will wander. “Did I finish that assignment?” “Is the oven turned off?” “When was the last time I called my friend?” It’s okay to wander. But always remember to come back to yourself. This is your time.
When you focus on yourself, a lot can happen. Good thoughts, bad thoughts. Surrender to it. Let your feelings consume you and then cast the bad feelings away. Hold on to the positive, love yourself. Release all the tension that may have built up over the days, years, maybe even in just the past few minutes. Recognize where you hold your stresses in your body. Maybe your shoulders are tense, or maybe it’s your back. Concentrate on relaxing those areas and continue through the rest of your body. Feel the satisfaction of holding good intentions, self-love, and appreciation.
Take Your Practice With You
Your mindful practice can last as long as you please. Maybe five minutes. Maybe it’s an hour. Explore your practice. Tune into your mind. Don’t try to fight or suppress your thoughts. As said before, surrender to it all. Recognize your feelings. Recognize your body. And then release all that does not serve you. Hold on to the good and find your inner peace through this practice.
Ideally, you’ve just experienced a lot of great energy. If not, practice makes perfect. At least, take all the good energy you’ve experienced and use this to begin your day. When you open your eyes and are ready to end your practice, take a moment to really take note of the way you feel. Come out of this practice nice and easy. Apply your awareness to your daily activities as you see fit. Cultivate good energy, and live that energy from the top of your head, through to the tips of your toes.
Be present. With practice, everything only gets easier from here.