10 Daily Mindfulness Moments You May Be Missing
Updated: Aug 1, 2018
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us” - Mindful.org
Mindfulness is all about switching your brain and emotions off autopilot and making yourself aware of the present moment. It is a technique that encourages you to disconnect from what has just happened or is about to happen, and connect directly to your immediate environment.
Are you missing opportunities to be Mindful?
In the rush of daily life it can be difficult to find the right time and place to bring the present moment to full attention. Yet in most people’s day there are routine tasks which actually possess the power to engage the senses and bring a moment of quiet escape.
Here are 10 daily triggers for mindfulness.
1. Wrapping your hand around a warm cup.
Don’t let the anticipation of your next hit of caffeine make you forget about that warming sensation and steamy smell which emulates from a fresh brew.
2. Noticing the colour of someone’s eyes.
Eye contact is key to initiating a connection and a reminder that everyone in this world is truly unique. Just don’t get lost in their eyes for too long….. Awkward.
3. Putting on your shoes.
Before heading out anywhere, take a deep breath and concentrate on the here and now as you tie a perfect bow, fasten a buckle or slide on your shoes.
4. Watching from the car or train window.
Resist the urge to gaze idly out and engage fully with the passing surroundings. Entangled trees, interesting clouds, unique reflections, curious people . . . there are a million amazing miracles of nature all happening just outside.
5. The sensation of walking.
It comes so naturally that we rarely pay any attention to the sensation through our feet or rhythm of our footsteps.
6. Listening out to bird song.
You don’t need to live in the countryside to hear the birds. Reach beyond all the other noises and you will often be able to hear the singing of a blackbird or chirping of a finch.
7. Typing a mindfulness-inspired password.
Need a reminder at work to stop and take a breath? Set your computer log-in to a word which triggers mindfulness like BreathNow or BePresent.
8. The first mouthful of dinner.
We often look forward to our food, then hoover it up without a thought. At the very least, savour and question the unique blend of tastes in your first mouthful.
9. Stroking your pet.
If you have a pet then take some daily time to appreciate the furry textures and unique personality of the living, breathing creature that shares a part of your life.
10. Your back on the mattress.
Both yoga and meditation appreciate the power of letting the tension of every muscle ebb away. Lying with your back on the mattress should be the most comforting and relaxing part of your day.
Have you got any other suggestions for daily mindfulness moments? Please let us know in the comments below.