You’ve probably heard the term mindfulness bandied about over the last few years but have you ever wondered what it actually is?
You might think that it’s something to do with tree hugging or chanting or hypnotism but it’s really not.
Mindfulness is a practice that absolutely anyone can easily do. There’s no equipment necessary, you don’t need to take any time out of your day and, as you’ll find out below, you can fit it in with pretty much anything that you’re doing.
Mindfulness is about being being completely, actively engrossed in the present moment. By doing this you’re not thinking of what you have to do today, or tomorrow and you’re not worrying about the future. You’re absolutely in the here and now, living for this exact moment.
When Could I Practice Mindfulness?
There are so many scenarios that mindfulness can be practiced. It’s just a question of choosing one that fits in with your lifestyle.
Walking: When you’re out walking whether for pleasure or to/from a destination actively decide to take in your environment in a totally non-judgemental way.
As you’re walking observe:
- What’s the texture of what you’re walking on?
- What’s the temperature of the air?
- Can you hear the birds singing?
- What else can you hear? Cars, sirens, people?
- Are there leaves on the ground? What colour are they?
- Can you see any wildlife? Squirrells, cats, dogs, birds?
- What sound are your feet making on the ground?
- What can you smell in the air?
Washing Up: Yes, you can even practice mindfulness when doing mundane tasks. Practicing mindfulness will actually speed the job up!
As you’re washing up notice:
- What’s the temperature of the water?
- How are your moving hands making the water swish?
- What does the washing up liquid smell of?
- What are the different shapes of the plates, glasses, cutlery?
- What is the texture of the washing up sponge, dishcloth?
- What does the water sound like when it’s swishing around?
- What sound does the plates make when it clatters against each other?
In the moment
By observing what you’re doing in the precise moment you can really zone out and the practice becomes slightly meditative. You literally stop thinking about what you’ve got to do next, or what you’re having for dinner, or what you’ve got to do at work the next day. You’re just completely in the moment.
Other Mindfulness Scenarios:
- Hanging out or folding washing
- Changing the bedding
- Exercising/working out
- Listening to music
- Walking in nature
- Washing the car
- Unloading the dishwasher
- Cleaning the bathroom
Even the most mundane jobs can help you to practice mindfulness. And it makes them easier too!
Being in a meditative state whilst doing ordinary jobs can be super relaxing for both mind and body. Living in the moment helps with stress, it can lower your blood pressure and helps you sleep.
Mindfulness makes you more productive. Mindfully using machinery makes you more aware of your surroundings, what you’re doing and can actually make you use it more effectively and improves concentration.
Have you practiced mindfulness? Or are you going to give it a try? I’d love to know so do let me know.
Lots of love