Much has been spoken of the importance of mindfulness, and it consistently proves its worth by making its practitioners healthier, happier human beings. There are many ways to achieve this tranquil state of mind, but in our world that’s heavy with distractions of every sort, it’s hard to cultivate as a habit.

Here are five easy ways to get started with this beautiful process.

Eat with awareness 

Ancient cultures have embraced food as divine, and it truly is. The famous saying goes that you are what you eat, and this couldn’t be truer. The food you eat affects not just your body of which it becomes a part, but also your mental state.

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Before you eat a meal today, make sure you sit back and give thanks for the food before you. Take your time and enjoy each morsel that you take.

Chew it 24 times, if you can. This ensures that by the time it goes down your food pipe, the saliva has done its work and the body has made a thorough initial analysis.

Do this for just one meal, and then work up so that you enjoy every meal of your day in this manner.

Enjoy the flavor, be grateful for what you have been provided and make sure you point your focus there, and nowhere else for just ONE meal today.

Breathe

Many times, we do and say things we did not mean to and regret it later. The repercussions can be great or small, but the regret stays on.

8505b05bb6455f7810db72e720dc67e1-pranayama-just-breatheFor just once today, at any point in your day, just stand back and hit pause on your mental chatter.

Take a few slow, deep breaths.

Don’t tell yourself anything, or go for any affirmations. Simply observe that moment for what it is and observe everything you do or say.

Experience that state of deep calmness.

Perhaps it may not stay long especially if it isn’t something you’re used to, but do this just once a day, for any length of time that you see fit.

Meditate

You needn’t sit cross legged anywhere or stand on one foot to accomplish this. Sure, it’s good to have a special spot and an awesome schedule that incorporates meditation.

But this is for those of you who haven’t made a habit of it yet.

e3d668a0603d62436db4f05f26394be1Meditation is about reaching that point where you calmly view everything and are fully aware of your role as an agent of change. It is about recognizing your oneness with all and everything around you.

So for just once during the day, sit back and observe. It can be a few minutes during your daily commute, or those five minutes of break time. Pick a scenery in nature, or any inanimate object around you, anything that you feel at the moment, resonates with you.

Focus all your attention on this one object – observe its every movement, its state of being. Don’t analyze anything, but don’t actively push away your thoughts either. Just observe your object of choice, and immerse yourself fully into the process.

The serenity is but a taste of the greater delicacies remaining to be experienced!

Keep a tally

kn6rkrmlrjvrxyxk33z2_1082126580Keep count on your ‘mindful moments’ of the day.

Feed your drive for success and goal accomplishment by letting yourself know how wonderfully you performed on your mindfulness goal.

Just keeping a tally can positively boost your will and subconsciously lead you to generate more experiences of the sort so you can succeed.

Motivate and love yourself. It is simpler than you make it out to be.

Daily activities

60237451-beautiful-flower-and-other-plants-on-soft-sunshineFor just one activity (other than eating) you do today, try to engage all your senses fully in that one task.

Whether it be a bath you take, or just those few precious moments you get with an old friend.

Take that moment, and preserve it as best as you can by living in it fully.

Just one simple activity, performed with all your love and effort can significantly change your life in many aspects.

For you are nurturing the sapling that is your awareness of your own true self, and you should always start with just a sprinkle of water.

What other steps do you think you can take towards mindfulness? Let me know!

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19 thoughts on “Nailing Mindfulness – 5 Easy Ways to Make it a Habit

    1. Sadly, that is the situation with so many of us these days! We forget what a true blessing it is to be able to eat peacefully every time, and how many people work for the same.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and let me know your thoughts, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  1. Love your thoughts on mindfulness. Each of the tips is practical and easy to do. I think that anything you can do to quiet your mind and bring yourself completely into the present promotes mindfulness. For me, it’s running!

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  2. really helpful thoughts and ideas. i will hope to practice them. i am like a hurricane through life some days and i get very overwhelmed easily. its my job as well as who i am i suppose, but people say i am the calm in the storm where i work and will seek refuge with me, though i don’t see that! haha!. but if that is true then i would probably add to you already comprehensive list, the need to go pause, i do that when things get difficult, to take a step back and allow people grace before we act or speak. you may already alluded to that in your beautiful writing but i would want to be always mindful of that. you have a most interesting mind and gracious nature.

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    1. Thank you for your valuable feedback! I do love your way of thought, and yes, it’s so very important to be mindful of love and grace. I suppose, despite you being the hurricane when it’s required of you, you also possess that calmness every storm has at its core. For with just grace, everything falls in to place because it’s our truest nature. 🙂

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  3. You write so well ;-;
    I never read such huge stuff but your posts just makes it happen. Not that I’m not interested in reading huge posts but my attention span is very limited. Somehow, I realise that I’ve been reading for a while after I’m done reading your post.

    I’m going to try an implement these in my life.

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      1. And I’m so sorry that I was so late to reply, my college just restarted after a very long break and I was slowly falling back to the old routine and didn’t get the time to see and respond. I’m so looking forward to checking out your blog once more. 🙂 Like that lazy weekend indulgence, you know!

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    1. You’re really kind to say so. It’s really nice of you to take such time to go through my posts, it really means a lot to me! Even little comments serve to give an insight to the person you are, and it’s such a nice experience. 🙂
      I do hope they help you out!

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    1. First off, thank you! 🙂
      And yes, I’m in complete agreement. Only today I had to knock off a tooth, so as a result I could only eat very, very slowly so as to not irritate the area.
      I felt that appreciation stemming from everywhere – just how lucky we are to be able to eat, feel the flavors explode when we take a bite, even just to have food on the table. 🙂

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