Mindful living has become something of a buzzword in recent years. Ask a hundred people what it means, and you will get a hundred different definitions.
But even though it’s a recent phenomenon, mindfulness, and the practice of mindful living, has always been around, and it’s much easier than you may think.
Here’s what it is and how to practice mindful living.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware of ourselves and not overwhelmed by whatever chaos may be going on around us. Mindfulness is something everyone can practice, and it costs nothing.
What Is Mindful Living?
Mindful living is intentional living. The definition may vary from one person to another. However, mindful living generally means being present in the moment.
Mindful living results in awareness of our current situation and feelings. Mindful living is really being there, as opposed to living a life full of distractions.
For many of us, we are bombarded by stimuli day in and day out. This could be in the form of advertising, social media notifications, or other obligations that desire our attention.
How Can I Practice Mindful Living?
Don’t get intimidated by the idea of practicing mindful living. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. Simple, everyday practices can be implemented right away to start you on your mindful living journey.
Practice Mindful Meditation
Practicing meditation is an easy and common way to start living a mindful lifestyle. Mindfulness meditation combines the practice of mindfulness and meditation. It involves sitting still and noticing your thoughts while focusing on your breathing and the sensation of your breathing inhaling and exhaling.
There’s a common misconception that meditation must be strenuous or consist of long sessions, but that’s not the case. The right meditation length will consist of the right formula of enjoyment, duration, and frequency.
Reflect and Appreciate Life
Living mindfully means showing appreciation for who and what we have in our life. That means reflecting and being grateful for all that we have and showing our appreciation to others.
When we know how much we consume and what we consume, we recognize our impact on the world around us. A mindful lifestyle means living sustainably. Big changes can be overwhelming, but there are easy sustainable living tips that we can implement in our daily lives to minimize our impact on Earth’s natural resources.
Mindful Living Is an Ongoing Event
Think of mindful living as one big meditation session. You’re meditating on everything: what you eat and where it comes from, what you do and how it affects others, how you spend your time, and what and how much you consume.
Begin Living a Mindful Existence
As you can see, implementing mindfulness for beginners doesn’t have to be hard. Little changes can be made right away. Mindful living is within everyone’s reach.
Be sure to check out the rest of our Health and Wellness section for more tips on living a better, healthier lifestyle.