Mindfulness is simply paying attention to the present moment with intention, without judgement and criticism. When we consciously slow down our activities, we can discover more richness, variety, and enjoyment.
Mindfulness practice has been shown to boost our immune system, regulate our emotions and improve memory and cognitive functioning.
There are many simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life:
- Eat with a full appreciation of the food that you have.
- First, spend some time to notice how your food appears (colours and textures) and smells.
- Chew with intention and observe the ever changing process of chewing and tasting our food.
- Do so without judging good or bad; accept and appreciate the sensations as they come.
- As you walk, notice the sensation of your feet in contact with the ground; sense how it feels in your body.
- Expand your attention to take in your surroundings (sounds, sight and even breeze / sun on your skin).
- Walk deliberately to experience the process with a curious mind, as if doing it for the first time.
- Pick one chore that you normally would rush through and choose to do it mindfully.
- Focus on the different physical sensations: the coolness of the water, the deliberate movement of your hands cleaning, your posture.
- Allow yourself to enjoy the process.