Integrating Mindfulness into Everyday Life: 4 Steps to Follow
Once you wire your brain to a mindful setting, it takes minimal effort to put things back in order if things fall out of place.
Mindfulness can technically be considered a meditative technique, but in its essence it is more a way of "being". The formal and informal practice of mindfulness (meditation and mindful living) build off of each other to create a new way of showing up in this world. Once you wire your brain to a mindful setting, it takes minimal effort to put things back in order if things fall out of place. Naturally, with the hectic lives we live, it can get challenging to balance a mindful life and way too many tasks we try to squeeze into our already overbooked schedules, making it seem almost impossible to relieve yourself of stress and negative emotions. On that note, here are some tips to help you integrate mindfulness into your everyday life and improve your life for the better:
4 Steps to Improve your LIfe
Take Baby Steps
Before mindfulness becomes your autopilot, you have to train your brain to accept this new way of being. Instead of forcing yourself to it, try small steps: set a goal each day, no matter how short or long. For instance, decide to go into a “mindfulness mode” each time somebody honks in traffic, your phone rings, or you get a dead battery beep take three slow, deep mindful breaths. Be with your breath fully. Feel it come all the way in and go all the way out.
Remember Why You Started
Some things can be triggers for introducing change in our lives, and when that happens – the stars align to help you out. However, there’ll be times when your body and mind will try to reverse to their known, more comfortable patterns and that’s when you need to stay strong. When in crisis, i.e., going back to your unhealthy behaviors, negative thinking, a stressful mindset and worrying too much, remember why you decided to turn to mindfulness in the first place. Let your will for a better, happier life be more prominent than your temptation to fail.
Be Patient and Open
Let Your Mind Wander
Our mind is a natural wanderer and, the more knowledge you let it experience, the more intrigued and quick your brain gets. Let your mind wander in the present moment; challenge it by observing the surroundings, studying people around, enjoying the smells, nature and the weather, etc. Our brains are like sponges: they soak in virtually everything our eyes see. The more experiences you give it on an everyday basis, the more involved it’ll be with the present moment and help you distance yourself from your past or future worries.
Be Patient and Open
No change – mental or physical – has come overnight; mindfulness is a process that’ll pay off in the long run. Give yourself time to get accustomed to a new way of thinking, feeling and acting and stay open to new challenges life’s throwing your way. Mindfulness works for your benefit.
Greg Klym is a Mindfulness Coach and can also be reached on FaceBook