If you're juggling responsibilities at home and work, it can be challenging to carve out time to sit down and meditate. While you're trying to organize your days, you can still start living more meditatively right now. Take a look at these practical ideas for building more reflection and mindfulness into your routines.
1 Increase Your Peace Of Mind
Even brief periods of meditation can help to clear your mind of nagging concerns and pointless regrets. You'll soon feel more relaxed and at ease. With your mind at peace, you can still feel content when you miss the last bus or lock your keys inside your car. Clarity of mind also enhances your thinking and decision making. You manage your time effectively and achieve more with less effort.
2 Enjoy Greater Happiness
Mindfulness helps you achieve greater happiness. Once you start living meditatively, be prepared to smile frequently and feel more optimistic. The kindness and affection you offer to others will be returned to you many times over.
3 Slow Down And Set Priorities
Do you feel like you are being swept along by external circumstances and obligations? Moving at a more leisurely pace enables you to take control. Set priorities and think strategically about how you want to allocate your resources.
4 Focus Your Attention
It's easy to wind up being pulled in multiple directions. Set aside distractions and give your full attention to one task. Notice how quickly you complete your grocery shopping without forgetting a single item that you need for dinner.
5 Observe Your Surroundings
Extend your awareness outwards. Appreciate the beauty of nature. Seize opportunities to make a new friend or acquire a valuable career skill.
6 Let Go Of Expectations
Expectations can undermine your happiness. Realize that much of life is uncertain, but you can shape your experiences by how you decide to respond to events. Resolve to learn from your mishaps and persevere through your discomfort.
7 Generate Compassion
Remember that you have plenty of company in adversity. Reach out to an acquaintance or coworker who looks like they need a helping hand. Validate the struggles of others and wish them well.
8 Express Your Gratitude
Write up a list of the many things you have to be thankful for. Post it somewhere you can see it each morning. Tell others how they bring more joy into your life and help you to build your character. Next up is applying meditation to routine activities.
9 Care For Your Body
It's easier to meditate when you keep your body in top shape. See your doctor for regular checkups. Eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly. Also, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
10 Strengthen Your Relationships
Living and working with others often creates some of our most challenging and rewarding experiences. Mindfulness can help you to be more patient with your children and closer to your spouse. You may discover new solutions for resolving conflicts with coworkers.
11 Do Meaningful Work
Meditation is also good for your job satisfaction. Consider how your current position aligns with your values and talents. Take on new projects to learn what tasks can give you the highest sense of fulfillment.
12 Serve Your Community
Give back to your community. Serve your community through your work and leisure activities. Living meditatively will show you that kindness and generosity are highly gratifying.
The above tips can help you build mindfulness into your routines. You can benefit from meditation even when you're under pressure to complete a sales report and pick up your kids from daycare. Living mindfully is a gradual approach that will help you to focus your mind and open your heart.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."