Have you ever found yourself getting in your car, arriving at the parking lot, and wondering how you got there? It’s common to find yourself disconnected when you do the same things over and over every day. However, being on autopilot takes you away from the beauty and the gift of the present moment.
James 4:14 reminds us “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Anxiety results when we are worrying about the future and we miss out on the blessing of life right in front of us.
Learn to appreciate the moment:
- Be present with the Lord. Set aside intentional time to spend in prayer, worship, and scripture. Invite Him in and experience his presence. Turn off any distractions in that moment. Live life intentionally embracing the life that you’ve been given. Receive each moment as a gift.
- Be present with your food. Put your phone down, switch off the television, and focus on what’s laid out on your plate. Appreciate your food’s color, aroma, texture, and flavor. Think of the person who carefully prepared it for you too. Chew slowly and savor the taste. Don’t rush it! Mindful eating also includes paying attention to your body’s hunger cues and knowing when you’re already full.
- Be present with your body. More than the physical benefits, mindful workouts can significantly improve your mood, help you be more focused, and strengthen your mind and body connection. If distracting thoughts suddenly enter your mind while jogging or lifting weights, focus your attention back on your practice, your body, and your breath.
- Be present with others. Whether it’s your partner, children, siblings, or parents, give them your full and undivided attention whenever they’re talking to you. Pause what you’re doing and connect with them at the given moment. Suspend any form of judgment and listen to what they’re saying. Sincerely hear their thoughts and acknowledge their feelings instead of thinking of a rebuttal.
“Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle
If you’re finding it difficult to implement mindfulness in your daily routine, you are not alone. Start small with only a few minutes per day and then build from there. If you feel your mind start to wonder, bring your focus back to your breath. Show yourself compassion and remind yourself that its ok, and you can always try again. Mindfulness is a PRACTICE, meaning you have to practice. The more you do, the easier it will become.
For more information on how to implement mindfulness in your daily life, reach out to a trusted counselor in your area.