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It’s already March and it seems like we barely put up 2014 calendars. Where has the time gone?When seeking mindfulness, the journey is the destination. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride again.
Most of us try to squeeze in as much as we can into each day. Between a hectic work schedule and the demands of daily life, taking time to breathe sometimes feels like a waste of time. Thank goodness our brain takes over that task or I seriously think we might forget to do it. Ironically, we sacrifice living in the constant pursuit of life, or at least the life we believe will reward us with the ultimate goal: happiness.
Yesterday’s blog “My All Time List of Favorite Things” was designed to get you thinking, mindful even, of what brings you joy. I would bet money (or at least a piece of chocolate cake) that if you really identified your favorite things, most would have little or no monetary value attached.
What does it mean to be mindful? Simply put, it is to be present in the moment, and to pay attention on purpose.
7 Steps to Life in the Present
1. Do one thing at a time – don’t multi-task. Seems completely opposite of all we’ve learned lately when it comes to getting things done. However here, the goal is to make the most of the moment. If you’re eating, just eat; bathing, then just bathe.
2. Do it slowly and deliberately – take your time and make your actions deliberate and not rushed. It takes practice but it helps you focus on the task at hand.
3. Do less – figure out what’s important and let go of the rest. It allows you to complete a task more completely and with more concentration.
4. Put space between things – don’t schedule things too close together. That gives you a more relaxed schedule, and leaves space in case one task takes longer than you planned.
5. Spend at least 5 minutes each day doing nothing – Sit in silence and become aware of your thoughts. Notice the world around you and become comfortable being still.
6. Stop worrying about the future and start focusing on the present – recognize when you’re doing this and practice bringing yourself back to the present. Enjoy the present moment rather than thinking about what may or may not be in your future.
7. When you’re talking with someone, be present – really listen to the other person rather than thinking about what you’ll say next. It will help increase your empathy and comprehension levels.
Cultivating mindfulness will help you achieve your goals and enjoy life more. Be present and take pleasure in life to the fullest. Believe it or not, you’re more productive when you’re mindful. Who would have thought slowing down might increase productivity?