No time for mindfulness?
So. you know you want to take time for your mindfulness practice every day but can’t find the time to do it? You can’t find time to put the laundry on let alone be mindful!
Turns out you are not alone. A recent survey disclosed that this is THE #1 issue for nearly everyone polled! This is not a surprising complaint. Your days are filled from the moment your feet hit the floor until your heads hit the pillow. Whether with fun things or drudgery, the day is over before you know it. But never fear because today I’m going to tell you why that’s NOT the end of your practice! I am going to give you everything you need to solve this frustration without having to make radical changes to your day. No, this won’t be a discussion about meditation but rather how your are about to become a tinkerer.
You want to benefit from the happier, healthier lifestyle that you know your mindfulness practice is so much a part of. Read on to see how tinkering with your day instead of revamping will give you the time you need. These ‘tinker tips’ and the approach I’m recommending is based on scientific research on strategies to entrench new habits.
(If mindfulness is a new concept to you and you’re want to know more, you can jump off HERE and I’ll get you started. Then, I’d love to see you come on back.)
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What is a mindful moment?
In an earlier blog I wrote about meditation for busy people. Today, though, is about mindful moments—or, we can also think of them as ‘wakeful’ moments. One of the most common issues I hear from people about their mindfulness practice is that time is a problem.
Mindful moments are for you because you have every good intention of practicing mindfulness but you cannot find time in your day. Guess what, there is a solution! And, you don’t have to give anything up except ‘lost minutes’ over the course of the day. Minutes you are already losing without being aware of it.
Instead of trying to make time in your day to experience mindful moments you are going to find time. Mindful moments happen as your life is happening.
Remember that mindfulness and the unfolding of your life from moment to moment are not inseparable and so you do not have to go looking for anything to be trying to achieve any state.
What are mindful moments? Well, let’s start with the clarification that
So, then, a mindful moment is you taking the opportunity to check in with yourself for a moment, this moment, and then maybe the next ‘this moment’. A mindful moment is experiencing your experience. More simply put: be aware. Mindfulness is not about a constant state of happiness. It is about being aware and being present as the challenges of everyday life present themselves. What is happening in this moment? Being aware of that, how do you choose to behave in a conscious rather than automatic manner? How will you respond?
It seems odd, doesn’t it? “Stop and be aware.” Don’t do anything. In fact, non-doing is the term often used . Non-doing, or mindfulness is not being ‘mindless’. Mindfulness is all about being full-on connected with you and your life in this very moment for good or bad but never indifferent.
What are the benefits of finding mindful moments?
While there is no doubt that regular sessions of mindfulness meditation are beneficial, so too are regular patterns of checking in with ourselves and being wakeful.
Eckhart Tolle recounted how he was approached by a young man who asked Eckhart for his recommendations on which courses to take at a symposium. Eckhart’s response was essentially that the young man would gain the most were he to practice mindful breathing once every hour on a daily basis rather than taking any one particular course. over another.
Among other benefits, a mindful moment allows you to:
put some space between whatever thought is preoccupying you and your automatic reactions so that you can consider and respond in an appropriate manner.
develop your mental muscle to improve your ability to bring focus and attention to whatever matter is at hand.
connect with yourself and those around you. Family that suddenly sees you ‘seeing’ and being with them, rather than you being pre-occupied with your thoughts.
cause subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in your stress and anxiety levels
As much as you want to find time to mediate, the reality is you aren’t always going to manage it. That does not mean you can’t take advantage of mindful moments over the course of your day to become more aware of what is going on around you, your thoughts and how you’re feeling. You may feel these moments are fleeting but, and speaking from personal experience here, they are, necessary food for your well-being.
In my next post I’ll share
ways to find time for mindful moments in your very full day (hint—you don’t have to give anything up)
instructions for setting yourself up for success.
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