Mindfulness Practice. Gad… What is it about sticking with a plan? I struggle, do you? Even when, or sometimes especially because, we know it is good for us? I decided I needed help to get back on the mindfulness track. These tips worked for me, I hope they’ll work for you as well.
First let’s remember why we decided it would be a good thing to practice mindfulness. Among other benefits, reduction in stress, ability to deal with illnesses, helping in recovery from illnesses, assist with dealing with depression, improved general health. I wrote more about this in an earlier post.
So, lets pull ourselves up, shake off the dust and get going.
ONE: Take easy steps. Don’t try to focus on the big stuff. Focus on small things… the warmth of the sun on your face, the sounds you hear in your house as you sit, the smell of something cooking.
TWO: Small bites, regularly. Pick a number. 1, 3, 5? Any number of times during the day that you think you’re ready to commit to. Assign them points over the day…waking up, before breakfast, after lunch, before dinner, before bed going to mind. Then, for one minute for however number of times per day, drop in and pay attention.
THREE: Select several reminders, maybe you will wear a certain bracelet, use a specific pen, set your phone alarm for notifications. When you glance at your bracelet or whatever, it will be a reminder that you mean to practice meditation. I used a similar technique when trying to remember to order a drink without a straw whenever in a restaurant. For the longest time, I’d only remember until after the order had been placed but now it is habit. (You can read about it here 5 super-painfree ways you can make a difference)
FOUR: Congratulate yourself on your successes. Put little check marks in your calendar for the number of times each day that you drop in on yourself for a few moments of mindful awareness. Crazy, but it works.
FIVE: Be kind to yourself! You are finding your way back to a place where you wish to be. You may step off the path on a regular basis but that is no reason why you can’t keep stepping back on and putting one foot in front of the other!
Until next time, remember, one foot in front of the other! This is completely doable!!
P.S. Mindfulness inspires much of my artwork which I’ll be writing about in a future post. If you like, you can check out some of my mindfully inspired paintings here.
P.P.S If you’re new to the idea of mindfulness, you might find any of these books a great help. FYI these are affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission, at not cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Hardly a source of income, but every little bit helps defray admin expenses 😊