Do you need a reminder to get out of your head and enjoy the moments a little more often? Perhaps a LOT more often? Looking for some easy ideas to help you?
Being present is a skill. It’s a skill you very often lose as you venture into adulthood. Good news is, it’s a skill that you can re-learn and master.
For improving not just your life but also everyone around you.
As I write, I am beachside. What a perfect place to remind me about the importance of moments. Of being present. Feeling the sea air on my skin. The sand between my toes. Listening to the sounds of the ocean. Watching children playing. Building. Imagining. Splashing. Laughing. Observing their mindfulness. No cares in the world!
You don’t have to wait to be beachside to be in the moment. Being in the moment is that state of presence where you are not thinking about the past or the future, you are focussing on the present. The moment you are in, right now. Being AWARE.
Aware of your breath. Of what you are feeling, experiencing, being.
I was once the ‘mindless’ person. Fairly literally running from one task to the next. Solely focussed on my ‘to do’ list and determined to do SO much. Now I’m exhausted just thinking about the person I was, running from A to B to Z and rarely stopping to ‘smell the roses’ let alone take time out for self nourishment. ‘Doing’ non-stop from when I got up in the morning until I’d fall into bed at night and then doing it all over again the next day. So. Not. Ok.
‘Stop and smell the roses’ – such a poignant saying. One I didn’t really get the meaning of until recently. Nourishing yourself is paramount to healthy, happy life. And I don’t just mean with food.
Nourishing your body and your mind to be the best you that you can be.
Taking baby steps to get there will equate to big things over time.
Here’s 5 ways you can SEE YOUR WORLD in a better way
- Be aware of your thoughts and catch yourself when you hear ‘I hate ……..’. It might be doing a ‘mundane’ daily task like hanging out the washing, doing the dishes, cleaning the house. Pause. Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in the moment. It takes a bit of practice but it can be fun along the way.
- Wherever you see children, observe them. Take a leaf out of their book. It’s that simple. Experience their ability to just be.
- Immerse yourself in a hobby. Doing something you love, every day is a natural way of practising mindfulness. When I am riding my mountain bike I am immersed in what I am doing in that moment.
- When you are spending time with another person, really listen. This will automatically bring you into the present.
- Sit and just BE at least once a day. Even for just a few minutes. Close your eyes and focus on your breath or sit and observe the beauty around you (whilst being aware of your breath). This is easier if you’re outside but inside can work too.
Life really is to be enjoyed. To nurture the moments, no matter how you are feeling.
BONUS TIP – For the first 3 mouthfuls of your next meal, notice everything. The colours, the textures. Notice the food before you put it in your mouth. Then notice the flavours, the way your jaw is working. Really pay attention to the food you are eating. May the food be real and may it be delicious.
When you go to bed ( at a time that gives you a really decent sleep), reflect on your day and think of those moments you were really present. Cherish and celebrate them and create more. Tomorrow. And the next day.