Happy Mindful Monday! Let's jump right in and discuss a few ways to practice being mindful. First, take notice of where your focus lies. Try to avoid the wandering mind trap. It is so easy to get caught up in your feelings of an upcoming event or things that have already occurred. When this happens, try to bring your attention back to the present moment.
Mindfulness and awareness are similar, but aren't quite the same thing. For example, if you are in a conversation, it isn't enough to simply wait your turn to speak, but pay attention to what you say as well as your motivations of saying it in the first place. This is easier if you keep your attention on what is going on in the present moment. That is always challenge, but I tell my yogis to remain focus in their practice by always coming back to their breath. If you can use that same concept throughout the activities of your day, it becomes easier to maintain a mindful approach.
One of the most distracting aspects from being mindful is watching the clock. It is amazing how many times a day we can fall into the "time trap." We seem to think more is more. In other words, we place an emphasis on how much time has past since we started things, and how much time is left before we can move to the next thing. Talk about stress! Basically, when you stop worrying about how much longer you have to wait for something, you can appreciate what is going on right now.
Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com