Mindfulness meditation is one of my favorite tricks to living a meaningful life. Not only can you enjoy more of the world around you but with a tiny bit of daily practice, it will rewire your brain creating a much more happy and peaceful life.
Is it possible that we are harming our bodies and minds through endless overuse? What would happen if we took some time to just rest ourselves and literally do nothing for a short period of time each day?
“When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.”- TED
I know life can be so busy that it seems there is no time to implement such a strategy but I believe we have more down time than we think. Just image all the time you spend waiting. Waiting in line, waiting at red lights, waiting for the oven to ding, or just waiting for someone to call you back. All of this time could be spent meditating.
Though it takes time to remember and develop a new habit, setting a trigger word can mean all the difference between your conscious and subconscious mind. Use a word or experience like ‘waiting’ to start bridging that gap so that you can start working on the new you.
Whenever you find yourself waiting for anything clear your mind and become present. Focus on your senses and see what colors you see, sounds you hear, smells, tastes, and textures you can feel.
All of these things will get you out of your head and back into your body. Once you are in your body not only will your mind be able to begin to rest and heal but you will be able to start experiencing the peace that you crave on a deep level.
Try it out and let us know in the comments below what you experienced.