Today is the 7th annual Mindfulness Day.
Celebrated every September 12th, this day was created to raise awareness about mindfulness and its benefits.
There’s a good chance you are not here. Well yes you are here reading this article but if you are like most people, you are not fully present in this moment.
Chances are some part of you is hanging out in the future, thinking about everything you have to do. You are busy planning and organizing and managing your to-do list. Or perhaps you are hanging out in the past, thinking about what has already happened – or didn’t happen. You are regretting or reliving events and choices from before.
One of the reasons we feel that there is not enough time is because we spend so little of it in the present moment. We actually miss what is going on here and now because our heads are somewhere else. We don’t live mindfully.One reason we feel there is not enough time is because we spend so little of it in the present moment. Click To Tweet
But what does mindful living really mean?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, an internationally recognized writer, researcher and teacher on the subject describes mindfulness as “a Way of being, a Way of living, a Way of listening, a Way of walking along the path of life and being in harmony with things as they are.” Mindfulness, he says, “means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”
There are good reasons to practice mindfulness.
Research consistently shows that mindfulness has significant positive effects on physical health including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep and managing pain. It increases focus and concentration, and enhances feelings of calm and gratitude. All of these benefits lead to a greater sense of satisfaction at work and home.
Here are 3 simple ways that you can participate in Mindfulness Day
Pause what you are doing and take 3 conscious breaths.
Close your eyes if you feel comfortable. Simply breathe in the way that is most normal and natural to you. Bring your attention to your breath. When you inhale, notice the air flowing in your nostrils. Notice your chest expand. See what else you become aware of as you breathe in.
Now exhale through your mouth. Notice the sound of the air leaving your body. Notice your chest falling. Notice anything else you become aware of as you breathe out.
Then repeat for 2 more breaths.
Pause for a moment and notice what you are aware of now that you were not aware of before.
Stopping to take 3 conscious breaths throughout your day is a simple, yet powerful mindfulness practice.
Go for a walk
Head outside and go for a 10 minute walk. As you are walking tune your senses to what is happening within you and around you. Pay attention to what it feels like to be walking. Notice the world around you. What sounds do you hear? Catch yourself analyzing or judging your experience and simply bring your attention back to your body in motion.
Learn more about mindfulness
Here are a few articles that will teach you a little about mindfulness:
Take a moment and post a comment about how you celebrated Mindfulness Day in your own way. I’d love to hear how you bring more mindfulness into your day.