From Stay Present: 10 Mindfulness Exercises For Living In The Present Moment:
Becoming more aware and rooted in the present moment can help us deal with so many of life’s challenges.
So, here’s what you need to know about how mindfulness works and how you can practice it on a daily basis.
In a relationship–By accepting what is and embracing an attitude of gratitude.
Reverse The Order You Do Things
Allow yourself to enter a beginner’s mindset by reversing the order in which you towel yourself off, get dressed, and put on your socks and shoes in the morning. This will help your mind to stay out of its all-too-common auto settings and instead help it to stay present in the moment of the task.
Pay Attention To The Full Experience Of Walking
Take a moment to focus on the sensations, the small and large movements you make while walking, how objects seem to move past you, the temperature, the wind, etc.
Change Up Your Routine
Drive a different way to work, reverse the order in which you get ready in the morning, and eat something new for breakfast. Change up your routine anytime you can.
Periodically Stop And Smile
Become aware of the immediate physiological response in your body. Feels great, doesn’t it?
Whenever You Catch Yourself Doing Something Out of Habit, STOP
Start over and do it a different way. Even if it’s a destructive habit, go ahead and indulge but be VERY mindful of the process. You can choose how to make the action different — light your cigarette or pour your drink with the opposite hand. And, if it’s a destructive habit, become aware of the urge; become aware of the actions you are taking and the physiological response to the habit.
Take A Deep Breath
While you hold it, notice and name 5 things you can see, feel, hear.
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