Have you ever noticed that after you bought a new car, you saw that car on the street way more often? This is because your awareness was raised, and you had a certain sensor for that car. Have you ever had a memory come back to you triggered by the smell of someone’s perfume or the sound of a song? (Each time I smell tar in the summer heat, it reminds me of being a kid and riding my bike in the neighborhood).
These are examples of mindfulness. You are hyper aware of these things because you made a connection to them - you were paying attention through one of your senses at that moment and it made a lasting impression!
Being hyper aware of your surroundings = mindfulness
Being mindful is making your awareness from passive to active. Being “on-purpose” with your awareness opens the ability to be in the moment. In the moment there is nearly no anxiety! Most things we fear are in the past or worries about a future that isn’t here yet causes anxiety. Being mindful is really simple once you get the hang of it.
Here are some easy tips for ways to practice mindfulness:
Shift your focus to what is right in front of you.
What do you see, feel, hear, taste, and smell. This awareness makes the “now” as real as it can be.
Many things happen that we never notice because we are preoccupied with other thoughts or worries. Paying attention brings all the senses and happenings right in front of you.
Soak In the Moment:
Stop in time.
Paying attention is one thing but appreciating and soaking in the moment is another.
What do you see, hear, feel, taste, touch in your mindfulness? What do you think about that? Take the time to experience what you are mindful. This makes the experience all the better!
Can you hear it?
When is the last time you heard the birds outside or the hum of the air conditioner?
Be mindful of what you hear and think about how it influences you. Mindfulness helps you enjoy the sounds of nature and life that you may have been drowning out with your thoughts. In the worst of ways, mindfulness can alert you to the ways your senses may be overloaded, and you can trim down some of the noise that is distracting you subconsciously.
Sense the emotion.
Paying attention to what we see, hear, and smell is a great thing.
Don’t forget to feel!
Touch the flowers. Walk barefoot on the ground. Feel the soft blankets. Professionals say that the human body needs a minimum of four hugs per day for survival. Touching things in a mindful way - whether it be a pet, a soft sweater, a warm towel from the dryer - counts as meaningful and mindful touch.
Make an association:
Connect the emotion with the moment.
As you move through the day being mindful, consciously make associations.
As I said above, we all make associations subconsciously that pop up when we are triggered. Memories flood us when we hear a song, go to a restaurant, or eat a certain food. You can purposefully create memories as you soak in what is amazing about each current moment.
Being mindful creates an awareness that transforms you into a more focused person. Your ability to be in the now and focus on what is right in front of you can actually help you become better with details, better at managing stress, and more grateful. Practice these simple mindfulness techniques and share with us how these are changing your life! Comment below or share in our Facebook land -> Venus Warriors
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