Firstly, let’s talk about what mindfulness actually is.
The dictionary says it is a state or quality of being mindful or aware of something. A technique in which one focuses ones full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations but not judging them.
I think of mindfulness as being completely present and experiencing all of your senses – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. I also think of it as being in a space where you are tuning into your intuition and being intentional with your thoughts and actions. To me it creates a sense of acceptance, my word of the year, and peace.
What does mindfulness mean to you?
I think there are two main ways to bring more mindfulness into your life.
1. Create Space
Creating space in your life to be more mindful will allow you to do so with ease.
You can physically create space somewhere in your home. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, just a little space for you. It could just be a comfy chair that you sit in or a little table with a few of your special items on it – for instance, crystals, oracle cards, essential oils, books or whatever feels good for you. A calm space to just be.
You can mentally create space by clearing your mind to allow the space to connect to yourself and be more in the present moment. This could be simply spending time not doing. I think of meditation as part of mindfulness, but it also allows us to be more present and mindful.
You can create space in your calendar. What I mean by this is making time! We all have 24 hours in the day and we get to choose how we spend it. Create some time each day to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. Even if it’s only 5 mins. Be still. Be in the moment. Feel. Be mindful of your mind, body and soul.
Create rituals that are meaningful to you. Even the littles things you do everyday can become rituals when you are fully present to them. Getting dressed, making a coffee or tea, your skin care or anything you do that seems routine can become a daily ritual. I love the idea of rituals rather than routines!
How do you bring more mindfulness into your life? Let me know in the comments below.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx