If we want to be more mindful we need to do some kind of work on ourselves each day. That means setting up a formal mindfulness practice. Your practice will look different from me to you and another person that practices daily. Many of the wonderful benefits don’t come to fruition right away, as I mentioned in my last blog, What is Mindfulness. The benefits will come with consistency, curiosity and desire to practice mindfulness.
Subtle Mindfulness Benefits
You will notice subtle changes as you begin to dive into your daily mindfulness practice. Over time you will start to become more in tune with your body, notice positive changes in mood, changes in thinking and how you react. Most of us are on autopilot throughout each day and this can become taxing on the mind and body without a consistent practice.
What does it mean to be on Autopilot?
Being on autopilot is going through the monotonous daily routines, and many times, grinding through those routines. We forget to be in the moment, present with yourself and others, present with each moment that passes. Autopilot can cause us to miss the magic of the present moment, from one moment to the next. Missing the pureness each moment can lead to missing out on what life truly is, and the beauty that life has to offer. People often find themselves years down the line pondering why it seems as if there are no memories of worth savoring. Maybe there are no meaningful memories because you chose to not live in the moment and not let time define your day.
Are you taking control of your time?
People let time define their day by being a victim of time, and not taking control of their time by not managing it deliberately. Each present moment is a new memory, and is so very precious. Set aside 10-20 minutes daily to practice mindfulness. The awareness of each moment becomes more enlightening. When we are more aware of our experience it becomes easier to be with the moment and slow time down. Each moment becomes more new, more refreshing and more serene as we continue to cultivate awareness. So set up your practice, stay consistent, and reach out to us if you need any mindfulness guidance.