Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about being mindful. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to whatever it is that is in front of us at any given moment.
Being mindful is something we talk about often in yoga practice and meditation. Yet, being mindful in ALL that we do is important—whether it be when we are eating, parenting, driving or buying things.
Think about it—what happens if you don’t think before you respond when your kid is acting up? Unnecessary comments and consequences that you cannot follow up on may be the result.
Have you ever eaten too much because you were talking or distracted? How about if you’ve said something you didn’t mean to because you weren’t thinking?
How many times have you wondered if you closed the garage door, unplugged the iron, grabbed your lunch or how you got to your work exit on the highway without being aware that you are driving?
Most of us can see ourselves in at least one of these scenarios.
So, what can you do?
· Well, breathe.
· Pause between activities and before you respond.
· Be aware of what you are doing.
· Next time you brush you teeth pause and notice the toothbrush going over each tooth and how the brush touches your gums.
· Listen to what your friend or child has to say without thinking of your response while they’re talking.
· Sit before you eat. Turn off the TV, put away your phone, or whatever else you do while you’re eating. Try one meal where you focus on your food and your family.
It may seem like it takes too much time, yet in reality, it doesn’t really take any more time. You will feel better and so will those you are giving your attention to. I’d love to hear about your mindful experiences.
Does it take to much time?
How do you feel?