Just be! How many of us can tell ourselves that we know how to be still, be quiet, to listen and be present in the moment? Life is busy and it is not slowing down. We are constantly bombarded with tasks, check lists, deadlines, things that capture our thoughts and steal our peace of mind. Do you know how to be present and enjoy the current moment that you find yourself in or do you find yourself fixated on what you have to do in the future? Does social media steal your presence?
Being “mindful” means to be attentive and aware.
A mindfulness technique that is very simple and can be done just about anywhere is to find a place outdoors or in (I prefer outside) where you are removed from the hum of society or the constant white noise. Find that place that works for you, close your eyes and just listen. If you can’t get away from the noise, put on headphones and listen to nature sounds. (The calm app plays nature sounds and you can set it for a certain amount of time). To take it a step further and get the most out of this practice, focus on your senses. What do you hear, smell, and feel around you? Do not think about what happened in the past or what you have to do in the future, just allow yourself to be in the present moment and to be quiet. If you find your mind drifting into to do lists or somewhere else, bring it back to the here and now.
Now when you have these experiences you can recall them at your leisure.
Memory recall is a very powerful tool that we can use to our benefit. When you find yourself having a hard time focusing or find that your mind is just too busy and it is causing you stress, recall that moment (or moments) when you were present and think about that experience and the sense of calm that you had.
The Takeaway: Find some time this week to take 5-10 minutes to do the above exercise. Comment with your thoughts on the experience!