Staying in the same place for too long, unable to go where we please, can be tiring. We cherish our freedom, and not being able to enjoy it can be a frustrating experience.
Mindfulness is a good antidote against this form of exhaustion. Simply put, mindfulness is a form of meditation that consists in being intensely aware of the present moment, concentrating exclusively on what you are living right now, without the interference of judgements or interpretations.
The following mindfulness ideas will help you as you manage through this phase. Keep these exercises with you as a key that will always grant you access to the beauty that lies hidden within every single moment.
One Minute Breathing
Breathing is vital, and yet we overlook it. The most basic and liberating mindfulness exercise is paying attention as you breathe. Close your eyes for a minute. Inhale by the nose, aware of all the sensations you experience, and exhale slowly and calmly by the mouth. Paying attention to our breathing puts us in contact with life itself and reminds us that we live one breath at a time, so there is no need to worry about the past or to fret about tomorrow.
Perform One Action Mindfully
Any action can be performed mindfully. The decision is yours. For example, you can eat mindfully, paying attention to the taste and the texture of the food, thoroughly enjoying the pleasure it brings. Or you can make going to bed mindfully, engaging completely in the contact with the sheets, focusing your attention on the folds of the fabric, the firmness of your mattress and the light in your room.
Meditating does not mean that should stay still. For example, you can try a walking meditation. Find an area of ten or 12 feet that is free of obstacles and walk mindfully. As you walk, be keenly aware of textures, colors, sounds and lingering scents. Aspects overlooked thus far will reveal themselves and fascinate you. Breathe deeply, inhabit the instant and let the present moment wash over you.
Play a piece of music you enjoy, close your eyes, and listen mindfully. You will notice many details that have escaped your attention before. Move your feet or nod your head to the rhythm of the music. Notice the thoughts or the memories the melody conjures up and don’t judge them, let them be.
You can do the same with a poem. Sit in a quiet place and read your favorite poem aloud, feeling how the sounds stimulate your auditory system. Pay attention as each word forms images in your mind, like a pebble dropped gently into a pond.
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