3 Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Be More Present And Enjoy Life
Do you sometimes feel like you’re running around, ticking boxes, getting things done but not experiencing anything fully (let alone smelling the roses)?
Or maybe you sometimes catch your mind wandering all over the place while you’re in a conversation with someone, or while reading a book or doing some task.
Well, you’re certainly not alone.
Being present and mindful is a big challenge in our modern lifestyle.
I’ll share with you my top 3 methods that will help you improve your mindfulness and be more present.
If you’re a bit of an achiever or an ambitious person, you probably pride yourself in (and get a kick out of) getting things done, multitasking and being productive.
I know I do.
We live in a super-fast world where the information overload is pretty much default of how we feel.
Because of that and many other factors, most of us suck at being fully present and mindful.
Then, we’re just living rather than experiencing life.
So, here are three really simple yet effective methods that will instantly help you bring your mind and focus to the present moment.
1) “Child-like” mindfulness method
One of my favourite ways to be more present is to bring child-like curiosity and sense of wonder into my activities and tasks.
For example, when you eat something, imagine you’ve never tasted it before. You have no idea what it’s going to be like.
If you approach it with such curiosity and almost hesitation, you’ll pay so much more attention to the tastes, textures, and smells of the food.
When was the last time you truly paid attention to your lunch?
Most of the time we just devour what’s on our plate (especially lunch on a working day) like a hungry dog!
What’s the point of that?
2) “Tell me everything” mindfulness method
Another great way to be more mindful is to imagine that you’ll be telling someone about the experience and they want to know every single detail. Try this next time when you listen to a song, sit in nature, eat something, or have a conversation with someone.
Imagine you have a close friend who cannot have that experience but would love to know everything about it. He or she will want to know how it feels, how it sounds, how it tastes, every single detail.
To bring them as close as possible to the experience would be the best gift you could give them.
I bet you’d pay real close attention to everything if you were to do that and you’d be much more present.
3) “The last time” mindfulness technique
I find this technique the most powerful out of the three.
The method is simple: whatever activity you’d like to be more mindful about, imagine it’s the last time you’re experiencing it.
I’m sure you can think of a few experiences in your life when you knew it was going to be for the last time. In moments like these, it’s like we just want to open our sense and take in as much as possible.
Try it with the activities or people you take for granted. You’ll be amazed how much more there is to experience.
Experiment with these methods and see which one works for you best.
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