Your life isn’t happening in the past and it isn’t happening in the future: it’s happening right now – Padraig O’Morain, Mindfulness on the go
How to be mindful even when you’re busy
How many times have you checked Facebook or Twitter today? How long have you spent watching a TV show? I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t do these things, we all need to relax, right? The point is, if you don’t think you have a spare three minutes to practise mindfulness, then I say look again.
Here’s how to find time to be mindful
Look for pockets of time throughout the day that would otherwise be wasted. Make the most of those moments when you might otherwise ruminate on negative thoughts.
Sat in heavy traffic, waiting for a doctor’s appointment or on a busy train platform, maybe in a queue at the supermarket. Instead of going around in circles in your mind about how annoyed you are, change tack.
Focus on your in and out breath. See if you can make your out-breath longer – this is very calming and brings your attention to the present moment.
Notice the sounds and sensations of where you are without judging them or assigning stories to them. Can you hear voices? Traffic? Bird song? Is it cold or warm? How do your feet feel against the ground or your back against the seat?
The more you take opportunities like this to practise mindfulness, the more you’ll remember to practise and the greater the benefits.
One of my favourite things is sitting for a couple of minutes to watch my boys play. I count my breath for minute or so to bring my attention to the moment, then I focus on what it is they’re doing. I really notice how they’re interacting, the colours of toys or movement of a game they’re playing.Mindfulness is... like stretching out time. It helps you notice those little moments that make life so lovely Click To Tweet
By practising in this way I enjoy my kids more and notice those little moments I might otherwise have missed. It feels like I’m stretching out time, and as they grow so fast, this can only be a good thing.
Find time to add a bit of mindfulness to your day. Doing simple exercises as noted above will unobtrusively build mindful daily habits.
The more you experience of the present, the more you experience of your life – Padraig O’Morain
And that can only be a good thing.
What do you do to be mindful into your day? Let me know below!