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Eight Ways To Be Mindful

By on February 8, 2017 in Spirituality

Eight Ways To Be Mindful

By: Missy Marston

With TV, Netflix, tablets, phones, and work, it can be hard to stop and really think or really be aware of your surroundings. When driving, do you find yourself getting lost in thought – or listening to the radio? When walking somewhere do you find yourself on your phone – or looking at what’s happening around you? And what makes is it so difficult to stop and contemplate your surroundings?

It’s because distractions are so readily available. Most people carry small computers with them wherever they go – smart phones. The convenience of search engines removes the wonder from the world. Questions like “why is the sky blue?” used to be food for thought; it would make you ask more questions and analyze the world around you in a new perspective until you think you have a suitable answer. Now, questions like “why is the sky blue?” are met with “Google it.”

So why not train your mind to stop and ask questions about the world around you? Practicing mindfulness will help you to be more aware of your surroundings and unclutter your busy mind. Give it a shot!

  1. Savor a Snack

Have a snack with you every day, just something small to do this exercise with, like apple slices or chocolate. Look, feel, smell, and finally taste your snack. Eat it slowly and focus only on your food – really savor it like it was the last of its kind! Focus on nothing other than your snack and try to simply appreciate it.

  1. Take a Deep Breath

Take a moment, close your eyes, and take three deep breaths, as close together or as far apart as you feel comfortable with. Focus only on your breathing, and let your mind clear. When you open your eyes, find an item that captures your attention and look at it in detail.

  1. Stretch!

Every so often, take a few seconds to stand up and stretch. Look around yourself and pay attention as if you’ve just woken up – curious but lazily. Take a nice deep breath with your eyes closed, focusing only on your breath, and go back to whatever you were doing.

  1. Pay Attention to What You Are Doing

Take a moment to focus on where you are and what you are doing. For example, if you are at a desk, look at everything on it individually. Look around your workspace to see what’s happening around you. Do this whenever there is some kind of break in your work.

  1. Listen to Your Thoughts

Put aside a minute to daydream. Really pay attention to your thoughts as they come and then let them go. This is also a really great way to tune into your intuition!

  1. Just BE

Simply exist for a minute. Let yourself unwind and be mindful of only your breathing. Let your daily concerns and problems melt away and appreciate simply existing. Try to feel the energies around and inside of you, or just take a minute to do nothing!

  1. Look Up!

When you find yourself immersed in work, take a second to simply look up, realize where you are and how you feel. Take in the environment around you.

  1. Listen

Put on a piece of music you like and try to hear each instrument. Focus on how it makes you feel, the tempo, what it reminds you of, etc. Really listen instead of having it on in the background. Do nothing other than listen to the flow of the music.

It may sound easy, but practicing mindfulness can be intimidating and difficult. Always try to focus on what is being done in the moment: how you feel, your breathing, the pressure from your body on your feet, the heat of sunlight or the coolness of A/C, etc. Try to constantly be aware and present in the moment, and give thanks for the opportunity to experience all the things, and sensations, around you. Love and light to you all!

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Missy MarstonAbout the author: My name is Missy Marston, webmaster and editor of MetaMissy.com. I am 23 years of age living in sunny Florida. I have two dogs, two cats, and too many fish – I adore animals. I love reading, especially Kurt Vonnegut, and have a steady interest in philosophers. On October 10th, I lost my best friend and little sister, Christina. Out of that tragic experience came a reminder of my deep-rooted love for all things metaphysical and a sign for my future path. Within weeks, I began channeling Christina! I want everyone to know the enlightening truth that there is much more out there than we realize. There is so much more waiting inside of ourselves than we give credit for, and all of it is easily accessible. Come with me on a journey from deep inside your conscious to the outer rims of the multiverse! Follow me on Facebook!

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