I have just returned from a two and a half week vacation, which feels extremely different from a one week vacation. My shoulders have relaxed. I stopped living in the future. My ambitions sizzled in the sun.
It is always a relief to escape our “to-do” lists. Now that I am firmly planted in front of my computer, I am vowing to keep my vacation feeling as long as possible. I had a nice quiet walk this morning. I didn’t rush through my chores: unpacking, calling the cable company, etc. I am doing my best!
Today’s guest post is about allowing mindfulness into the everyday moments. It is written by Odette Cecilia, who is originally from Venezuela and learned intuitively to meditate through creative visualization. Her depth of spirit led to her interest in and love of the healing arts and most specifically, the use of sound frequencies and music to enhance spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being in others.
(My kind of lady.)
As a Sound Healing Meditation Therapist and Reiki Master, Odette has worked in the US and globally providing sound healing meditations. (If you haven’t tried a sound healing meditation, I highly recommend it!) Odette uses the harp, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, tuning forks, and other instruments in conjunction with guided visualization and meditation in the sound therapy that she offers to both individuals and groups. You can learn more about Odette at her website AwakeningSacredSpace.com.
Without further adieu…
5 Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Daily Life
Mindfulness is many things, but can focus on your own intentions and time. You can sneak mindfulness in your daily life by tuning into your mind which helps you to be available to what you are really doing, instead of lost in considering what to do. Here are 5 tips to implant mindfulness into your entire day.
Eating carefully can enable you to discover the joy of nourishment. A number of us have withdrawn from this, which can be one of the life’s most straightforward and magnificent joys. Sit for your supper, kill all diversions and concentrate on the now.
See the food on your plate, focus on colour, shapes, and aromas. Bring attention to the impression of biting and the flavours, surfaces, and temperatures in your mouth. Notice any inclination to eat rapidly or swallow your nourishment without experiencing it completely. Notice when you are being seized from the experience of eating and delicately take it back to the food.
Picking something you do consistently every day can be a useful approach to make sure you practice Mindfulness.
Be aware of the need to set the temperature before getting into the shower; aware of the influx of delight as the warm water washes over you; aware of the fragrance of the shower gel or soap; aware of the mind hopping forward, envisioning future discussions; aware of the measure of water you’re utilizing; and aware of the sound of the water. See when your mind strays and delicately take it back to the vibes of your body.
Cleaning is a method for respecting our physical environment and sustaining the individuals who live with us. As you clean, concentrate on your body, and the sounds and smells around you.
Convey careful attention to the demonstrations of; dusting, washing dishes, folding clothing and vacuuming.
Walking can be a great way to gather energy without taking any additional time from your day. Regardless of whether you’re strolling around your neighbourhood, from the car to the store or through the corridors at work, you can transform your walk into a thoughtful exercise.
Feel your feet reaching the ground. See what it feels like to walk a little slower in case you’re lacking in energy. Take in your environment, the odours, the hues, the sounds. Utilize careful strolling as a moment of mindfulness in your day.
Breathing is so normal to us that we rarely consider it. Through concentrating on your breath, you will feel more grounded and in charge.
Through concentrating on your breath and neglecting every single other idea, your mental talk will stop (or at least slow), empowering you to concentrate more. Have a go at sitting or lying down. Shut your eyes and breathe deeply into the gut.
Thanks for the ideas, Odette!