I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering how the weekend could possibly be almost over…seriously where does the time go??
In my last post I talked about how I use my mandala colouring book as a meditative/mindfulness practice. Today, I’m going to give a few other tips for you on practicing mindfulness. I don’t pretend to be an expert. Seriously. I am one of those people who is always thinking about what’s next, so I need a little bit of help staying in the moment. The tips I’m going to share with you might not be helpful for someone who is already well on their way to practicing mindfulness, but for people like me, who sometimes struggle to keep their mind from wandering, these tips just might just help.
- Recognize when your mind is wandering. Pure and simple. Just observe your thoughts wandering, without judgment. Don’t label your thoughts as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but simply observe your thoughts and then gently bring your mind back to the moment.
- Take a moment to truly take in your surroundings. Next time you are sitting on your back deck, at the bus stop (or anywhere for that matter), take a second to truly take in your surroundings using all of your senses. What do you see? Smell? Hear? You get the picture…
- Find a hobby that will help you focus. I use my mandala colouring book, but it can be anything, as long as it is something you can focus your energy on.
So, the next time you find yourself at a red light, instead of letting your mind wander, take a moment to take it all in, and appreciate where you are.
Until next time,