Slow down and be present with these 5 ways to live mindfully.
Mindfulness. Isn’t that a beautiful word? My main goal for 2023 is to practice mindfulness in every area of life. To me, living mindfully is a calm and peaceful way of moving through daily life. Some people may think it is impossible to attain, say that it’s too hard, or think that it doesn’t work. All of those are valid points because I was once in the same boat. Tranquil and fulfilled daily living is totally possible. I utilize mindfulness, which is a daily regimen that helps me feel centered and calm. Today, I would like to share 5 ways to live mindfully.
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This post might seem a little out of the norm for my typical content. However, I wrote a similar post around this time last year, 6 Ways To Embrace Winter, and received very positive feedback. So, I thought I would write something again that is coming directly from my heart, hoping that it can help or encourage you in some way.
According to Google, mindfulness means “having your mind on what you are doing. It’s the opposite of rushing or doing too many things at once. To be mindful, you slow down and take your time.”
Mindfulness carries three specific characteristics and can be applied to anything!
- Cultivating awareness (and returning to it over and over).
- What is happening only in the present moment (simply observing thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they arise).
- Developing an attitude that is non-judgmental and kind.
I’m not an expert on this topic and don’t claim to be. I’m only sharing my experiences and what I have learned along the way. Being mindful can mean many different things. It’s up to you and your journey what living mindfully means for you. With that, let’s get into the 5 tips for mindful living!
5 Ways To Live Mindfully
Spend Time In Nature
You will notice that all of the photos in this post are of nature and the outdoors. This is on purpose because, for me, nature is the most healing place that exists. Being around trees and water is especially soothing.
To feel grounded and present, I encourage you to get outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Go for a walk. Take a hike. If it seems like too much to go somewhere, you can find a spot to sit outside and breathe in the fresh air.
For me, biking, paddle boarding, and fly fishing are all activities that not only keep me active and healthy but are also meditative and calming for my soul. It takes practice but, when done regularly, you will notice how your body starts to shift to a more peaceful state when surrounded by nature.
Find A Hobby
Hobbies are, in my experience, so helpful to living mindfully. Decorating my home, DIY projects, fly fishing, pouring candles, thrifting, and adding things to my collections are all rewarding and satisfying pastimes. I make it a point, and sometimes even write it on my calendar, to partake in one or two hobbies per week because I have found it so helpful in my overall happiness!
There are endless activities you could try. Find one or two that make you happy and turn them into hobbies. Examples can include painting, woodworking, macrame, flipping furniture, making jewelry, or crocheting.
In my experience, by focusing your energy on doing a hobby, it helps train the mind to be fully present in that one thing. After awhile, you will see that ‘mindful doing’ trickling into other areas of your life. It truly is amazing!
Clear The Clutter
When everyday spaces are cluttered and messy, such as the kitchen, my desk, or the bathroom counter, it tends to make me feel out of sorts. I can’t focus well when my home is not in order.
To rectify this, I spend about 10 mindful minutes each morning (after I get my coffee) and tidy the house. This includes folding blankets, washing any rogue dishes, clearing my desk, and getting my essential oil diffuser going. This small amount of time is a positive way to start the day!
Give Yourself Grace
Life is beautiful but it’s also messy. Of course I have hard days…we all do. It’s part of life. But, allow yourself grace. Be kind to yourself. Those two things are acts of love, which, when put into daily practice, have profound effects on mindful living. I have found that, as human beings, we are so hard on ourselves. It’s exhausting to keep up with the ‘go, go, go’ mentality and to always feel like we need to be ‘on’.
Instead, I encourage you to find the strength within you to breathe and soften the rough edges. From experience, I have found daily yoga to be an amazing tool. Move slowly and notice how much peaceful space can be found within.
Have A Sense Of Humor
My last mindful tip is to find a sense of humor, gosh darnit! Including laughter in your daily life is such a vital part of mindful living. Being playful and doing fun things is what life is all about. Play with your dog! Watch a comedian! Meet a friend for coffee! Do yourself a favor and don’t take yourself or life too seriously.
It is my sincere hope that these 5 ways to live mindfully are comforting for you. True joy and happiness abound when you are able to live presently in the moment. What a gift we have been given to live this life with meaning and purpose. Be encouraged to practice grace and gratitude along the way.
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