Day #5: Being Mindful in everyday life
Keeping attention anchored to whatever we are doing is a valuable skill which supports us to be more efficient and effective in our lives.
Choose a routine activity in your day and practise being mindful.
Here are a few suggestions:
Take a shower mindfully:
- Bring your attention to the sensations of the water touching your skin
- Notice the temperature
- Listen to the sounds
- Notice when your attention has drifted from the experience of having a shower and bring it back over and over again
Drink your tea mindfully:
- Turn your tea into a mindful moment
- When you are having your tea stop the other things you are doing for a few moments
- Notice the temperature of the mug in your hands
- Notice the smell
- Feel the warmth in your mouth
- Take a moment to check in with how you are feeling?
Eat a meal mindfully:
- Bring your full attention to the meal and the texture of the food
- Notice the colours and smell of the food
- Be aware of the sensations in your mouth as you chew your food
- Notice when your attention has drifted from the experience of eating and bring it back to the activity over and over again
Initially you may wonder what purpose there is in bringing mindfulness into everyday activities.
Mindful daily activities can be opportunities and triggers to slow down, let go of thinking and tune into your senses. This can allow moments of mindfulness in everyday life “incidental mindfulness”.
Try it and see what you notice.
"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
MINDFUL IN MAY:
DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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