“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness can’t be understood through reading self-help books or hearing about it from someone else. Mindfulness must be practiced on a daily basis to learn and receive the benefits from its use.
So how do you practice mindfulness?
Keep reading to learn 3 daily habits to start practicing to increase your daily mindfulness this week..
Habit #1: Self Check-ins
Frequently throughout the day, check in with yourself. Stop what you’re doing and take a step back for a moment in your mind. Observe the sensations within your body, and what your senses are picking up from your environment. Don’t label what you are experiencing yet… simply notice it without analyzing anything.
Then use words to describe what you are experiencing. For example, “I experience the feeling of my heart beating in my chest. I experience the rise and fall of my chest as I breathe. I experience the emotion of sadness or fear.”
Simply take a moment during your day to experience your present situation inside and outside of your body.
Habit #2: Slow Movement
Slowing down and paying attention to each movement of your body can create a mindful awareness of space. Whether you are pouring coffee, walking on the sidewalk, or taking a yoga class, focusing on slowing down your movements will help you build awareness.
Rushing through life is a sign that we may be mindlessly living. Taking our time to perform movement and behaviors allows us to do them more effectively and to have time to think before we act.
Habit #3: Observing with the 5 Senses
We experience life through our senses. Focusing our attention on one sense at a time, we can experience and enjoy the basic sensations that come with being alive.
Focusing your attention on the taste of each bite of food, for example, allows you to fully participate in the act of eating as one of the simple pleasures in life. Focusing on the texture of a soft blanket or a warm cup of coffee can help you get your mind off your worries and onto something that is soothing and enjoyable.