When I think of mindfulness quite a few different words and phrases come to mind:
Living in the now
Living in the present moment
Be here now
Remain in the present
Come back to the present moment
A quick Google search returns these definitions:
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
So, I must be onto something, right?
Mindfulness is a daily practice. One we encourage everyone to explore due to its endless benefits. You can read a summary of those here.
How does one practice mindfulness? Well, here’s one quick and easy technique to try.
It’s called STOP.
Literally stop. What are you doing right now? Where are you physically? What’s around you? What do you hear? What do you see? What do you feel? What do you taste? What are you wearing? What thoughts are in the mindspace? Basically, use your senses and awareness to tap into the present moment. What do you notice? Avoid getting attached. Just notice. Then let it go, and go on your merry way.
It’s that simple. Give it a try for the next 7-days. Every time you pick up your phone. Stop. Notice. Let it go. Continue on. See how subtle you can get with the noticing.