If you have been following the blog you know that at the beginning of each month I do a recap on the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. The month of October was about being more mindful. Being present. Something that I struggle with. I always look for ways to be more efficient and with that I compromise my state of mind. When I am multi-tasking I am truly not committing my best effort to one task. I cannot image that I will completely stop multi-tasking because some projects, i.e. cleaning, do not require me the be 100% mindfully committed.
One thing I began to notice through the month of October was how I have a tough time being completely mindfully present. For example, I would get to the gym or a store and not remember driving there. Or I would not remember details of an interaction with my daughter. Once I realized this I knew I had to make a change. I did not want my life to pass and have no memories.
Today I am going to share with you what I learned the last month in my efforts to be more mindful.
Mediation is not just humming or putting yourself complete solitude only to drive your mind mad. I took meditation as a way to focus my mind on the task I was doing. When I played with my daughter I would be fully committed to her. When I wrote a blog post I would remove all distractions. At the end of the evening, while laying in bed, I would take a few moments to close my eyes and focus on my breathing. This exercise not only helped clear my mind but rest my mind. Very important for a busy person!
Examining my true rules meant examining the unbreakables. What are the values and truths that I live by? What are the things I will not compromise? Once I established those making decisions became easier. Taking note of my true rules helped me to stay focused.
Stimulate The Mind In New Ways
I had fun with this one. I really enjoy drawing and painting but have not done it since college so I decided to pull out my supplies and begin painting again. Taking a blank canvas and turning it into whatever I am feeling at the time is very therapeutic.
I have kept a food diary in the past but could not keep it up due to the amount of time it required. Instead of keeping a food diary I decided to be very intentional about the food I bought at the grocery store. Only buying ingredients for healthy meals I planned to cook throughout the week.
What are some ways that help you be present? Do you have any tricks or tips that encourage mindfulness? Let me know in the comments below!