Mindfulness In Everyday Life…

We live in a multi-tasking world. As a society, we are checking our phones, checking emails, over-thinking about the day ahead of us, watching children, listening to conversations at work, thinking about our personal lives, health, love and goals and most of the time, we are doing all of this as we are driving, eating, walking and carrying on another conversation. Sometimes, when we are not being mindful, we can even affect our emotional system in negative ways, such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive disorder
  • Relationship problems
  • Substance abuse

What if we could slow the mind down and actually be present in every moment of our day? What would that look like and how could that make us feel?  Mindfulness is a form of being present in our own lives and being an active participant in the moments that make up our day. This applies even to little things.

I cannot tell you how many times I have left my house in the morning questioning if I left the straightener plugged in. I found myself driving wondering if I would find the fire department at my house when I got back. I do not straighten my hair every day. On the days I do, I get out of my routine and am not paying attention to the activities I am doing because I am so consumed by leaving the house at a certain time. I had to literally stop everything I was doing and focus my attention on the act of unplugging the straightener in order for me to stop living in this state of anxiety over what I may or may or may not have done before leaving the house.  My acts of not being mindful include, leaving for vacation, driving 2 hours, then turning around and driving back 2 hours the same day because I could not remember if I left the stove on. One of the most plaguing of all is I am in such a rush to leave the house, that I can’t remember if I locked the door, or left something on. There are many times I am at the end of my driveway, turn around and go back in to check everything over in a mindful state. And, I think we can all relate to the drive to or from work and we do not remember how we actually got there.

There are many mental, spiritual and physical benefits derived from practicing Mindfulness, some include:

  • A zest for life attitude
  • Allows you to become fully aware and engaged in daily activities
  • Creates deeper connections with people in your life and enhances personal relationships
  • Reduces feeling of worry about the past and future and can overall reduce stress levels
  • Provides a more restful night sleep
  • Creates a stronger sense of overall Faith in your life

Forms of Mindfulness meditation have also been shown to be helpful in reducing blood pressure and reducing the symptoms of chronic pain. If you are just beginning and want to introduce Mindfulness into your daily activities it is ok to start small. Sometimes we think we have to jump in fully into a new lifestyle. Doing so can make the process overwhelming and that is where we can get frustrated when we do not meet certain goals. A good way to start is being mindful when you eat. How many times do you eat while doing another activity such as working through lunch, watching TV, reading, etc.? With every bite you take, be mindful about it. From chewing each bite to how it makes your body feel. Think of nothing else but processing the food you are eating in that moment. Even if you start by just doing this one meal a week, you will notice that you may realize you are fuller faster than you normally are, the food taste better, and you become more aware of exactly what you are eating.

Other ways you can practice mindfulness during your day are:

  • Start becoming more aware of yourself, your physical body, your emotions, your reaction to people, things and circumstances as well as your body language.
  • When engaging in conversation, give all your attention to the person. Put your phone away, shut off the TV, and have a conversation.
  • Set intentions for your day, or affirmations.
  • Set small goals for yourself. For example, each day pick something that you will be mindful about instead of being mindful about every moment while you are learning to incorporate this more in your life.
  • Practice Mindfulness Meditation
  • Staying present in the moment
  • Every morning and ever night, say three things you were grateful for that day.
  • Listen to positive uplifting music.
  • Practice Mindful eating habits/ Follow our Spiritual Detox Program : https://elysianlifedesign.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/doing-a-spiritual-detox-how-to/
  • Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches.
  • Do a self-reflection of your day before bed and access ways you can incorporate mindfulness during the next day.

There are many great ways that Stones and Crystals can help you remain mindful in your life such as:

  • use during meditation
  • holding or carrying the stone or crystal during the day
  • sleeping with them

Any of the above uses can help provide clarity of thoughts and an overall sense of happiness and love. Here are some Stones and Crystals that can help you remain mindful and present throughout the day:

  • Amethyst
  • Carnelian
  • Malachite
  • Rose Quartz
  • Turquoise

The best thing you can do when practicing mindfulness is to keep it simple. Worrying about being mindful enough or too little will cause you more stress. Just do your best to be present in your own life. Pay attention to nurturing your body. Notice how you are breathing, eating, drinking healthy fluids and how you are thinking about yourself and expressing yourself. Become an active participant in your own life, and start noticing how your actions can impact moments in your day and can also impact your relationships with others.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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