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Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Routine

By Guest Blogger: Bethany 

 

How do we live in a way to be our best self, to enjoy each day and to find happiness in the small moments? If you ask a yoga practitioner – it is through mindful living. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just remembering that you are alive and breathing and taking a moment to pause to notice your breath is an act of mindfulness. Living and acting in a mindful way is accessible for everyone – whether you are busy at the office, a mother of three, working the night shift, or a practiced yogi. And many of my students ask, “how can I possibly add something else to my daily schedule?”

The point is that you do not need to sit and meditate for long periods every day to be mindful. It just takes a few moments to pause and reset. From my student’s question, I created a list of a few tips to easily begin to incorporate mindfulness into your daily schedule:

Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Routine
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Take a Pause: breath mindfully

 

Ask Thich Nhat Hanh writes, each day we awaken with twenty-four brand new hours to live. Every day is a chance to live mindfully – just by simply breathing. Try this: when you wake up tomorrow morning, right before you open your eyes, take a moment to notice your breathing. Are you breathing in? Are you breathing out? Just become aware of your breath. Then take three to five conscious breaths.

How to breathe consciously? Take a deep breath in through the nose, and a big exhale through the nose. Being to count the length of the breath. Breathing into a count of three or four and breathing out to the same length of three or four counts. Repeat, three to five times. From this awareness, you can begin your day feeling more centered and aware. Whenever you feel out of pace or overwhelmed during your day, come back to your breathing and repeat the same simple conscious breathing exercise.

 

Live to Eat, Not Eat to Live: eat mindfully

 

Each time you sit down for a meal is an opportunity to practice to mindfulness. Imagine for a moment you decided to make an avocado toast for breakfast – yum! The first thing to do is just to take out a slice a bread and really see the bread. Often when we are busy thinking, planning our days and to-do’s, our mind does not register that this is a piece of bread, our mind automatically knows it. With mindfulness, we can begin to see and understand the piece of bread. Really seeing the bread, we can understand that the bread is a combination, or culmination, of the factors that brought it to you – the sunshine to grow the grain, the clouds which brought the rain, and the earth from which the grain was grown. It is all connected here.

Mindfulness helps us to be truly present, and we can eat in a way that we focus on the food and those sitting with us. By eating like this we can nourish both our body from the food we eat and the mind from this mindful connection. By living this way, we can find happiness in each moment of life.

Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Routine
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Notice Where You Are: walk & move mindfully

 

Slow down. What is the rush really? With mindful living, you can begin to recognize that the past is gone, and the future has not yet arrived. The only time where we can live is right now in this present moment – at the moment you are reading this! Life only exists in the here and the now. So try this – when you are waking up in the morning, and walking to get your morning coffee or tea, just notice how you are walking. Feel your feet on the ground and take slow steps. If you feel rushed on time in the mornings – set your alarm 10 minutes earlier so that you can slow down and experience the walk. The process of moving and making your tea. When you are walking to your car, bike or the bus, look around – gaze up at the sky and notice your surroundings. Take a deep breath and live in that moment. Notice that you are breathing, and you are alive!

In the beautiful words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “We have an appointment with life. And that appointment takes place in the present moment. If you miss the present moment, then you miss your appointment with life. And that is very serious. The present moment is the only moment you can truly live.”

 

About the Author

Bethany found yoga to cross-train when she competed in professional watersports over 10 years ago. The love for the practice transitioned into teaching, as an E-RYT 200-hour certified yoga teacher and studio co-founder of Yoga Roots in Sweden. She teaches aerial, vinyasa and yin yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga classes. She is originally from the US and currently resides and teaches in Malmö, Sweden. To her teachings, she brings influences from an athletic background, international environment and a pure joy for sharing yoga with others. You can find Bethany on InstagramFacebook, and her Website


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