Do you constantly assault your mind with steady stream of inputs without taking any time to digest and think about all the information you’re consuming?
Are you mindful of your activities or is your mind full of activity?
Mindfulness has become quite popular recently but there is still much confusion as to what it is and how to practice it.
I don’t have all the answers but can share what works for me and others that I have spoken to.
Being mindful for me is nothing more than being attentive and consciously focusing my attention on an activity. And I found the easiest ones I started with were driving and eating because I could do them alone. Just focusing on these simple activities without any additional inputs gave me ability to really appreciate them for what they are.
Practicing mindfulness during your day can also relieve stress, because each time you consciously focus is like mental speed bump, it slows down your day.
Being mindful doesn’t mean you have to spend hours on a yoga mat or take long walks in the woods, although neither one of these would hurt you. All mindfulness means is that you allow your mind to take a break. You give your mind the opportunity to breathe and to fully exhale.