Becoming More Mindful
Mindfulness… What’s that mean anyway?
My first step to becoming more mindful is to notice when I’m not being mindful. Sometimes I joke with my roommate “I am mindfully aware that this is not very mindful.”
The next step is to practice meditation daily. I lay down at the end of the day and bring my attention to my breath. So far I’m at 5-10 minutes and it’s a struggle! Luckily, last week while reading Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (thanks for the recommendation, Jeremy!) I found a wonderful mantra I’d like to share:
Breaking out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment!
Food for thought:
I offer the thought that the practice of slowing down to focus on the breath can create a sense of calm and peace in the mind and body.
By slowing down our thoughts we can become present in the here and now. This in turn frees us from the constant worry about the future or sorrows of the past. What’s the harm in trying?