Rediscovering joy in the little things of life
“Live life in the moment for everything else is uncertain.”
Let’s face it: we are often so immersed in our hectic and fast-paced lives that we forget to enjoy and pay attention to the little things. Cultivating mindfulness will help you achieve your goals and enjoy life more. In fact, you’re more productive when you live in the moment. And it isn’t really difficult. Take little steps and try to live by the following actions.
•Focus on what you’re doing
Whatever you do in your everyday life, it’s important to focus on what is, not what was or what could be. It’s about being in the moment and feeling it. So don’t multi-task, instead single-task. Don’t have breakfast while reading the newspaper and checking your e-mails all at the same time. Have breakfast, then read the newspaper.
• Adjust your pace
And do it all slowly and deliberate. It might take some practice but it helps you focus. This Zen proverb sums it all up pretty much: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
• Do less
It may seem like a contradiction but really make an effort to do less. We are so busy these days combining work, family, hobbies and our social lives, that we hardly have time to breathe. It’s simply a matter of figuring out what’s important, and letting go of what’s not. It leaves you with more time to focus and brings you one step closer to mindfulness.
A healthy mind in a healthy body is an ideal to strive for. Be grateful for your body and treat it like a temple. Go for a run, take a stroll in the outdoors, go dancing or practice yoga. Exercising clears your mind and gives you more energy.
• Make room each day to do nothing for 5 minutes
Apply one rule: take time out and do nothing for at least 5 minutes each day. Just sit and try to become aware of your thoughts. If you find that difficult focus on your breathing . Consider it a mini-meditation session where you will learn to become comfortable with silence and stillness. This will really help you in a significant way and it only takes 5 minutes.