We've spoken about mindfulness while eating a meal, but have you considered being present and mindful while preparing that meal? Choose a meal to give your complete attention. Be mindful as you create it. How do the utensils feel? Can you describe the food in your hands as you prepare it for cooking? Smell the ingredients. Listen … Continue reading Day 15 Of Mindfulness: Cooking
Immerse your entire self in a mundane activity, such as cleaning a room or washing dishes. How do your muscles feel as they move through the activity? How does it feel in your hands? What do you see? Smell? Touch? Choose another activity the next day and do the same. Blessings from the Hearth.
Listen to music you’ve never heard before. Put on a set of headphones and randomly choose music you’ve never heard before. Listen carefully to the notes and instruments. Pick out the individual instruments you hear and note how they contribute to the song as a whole. Listen closely to the lyrics. How do they enhance … Continue reading Day 13 Of Mindfulness: Music
Here's something quick to ground and center yourself: Try mindful breathing for 5 minutes. Close your eyes and become acutely aware of the air drawing in through your nostrils and then filling your lungs. Hold for 3 seconds. Slowly exhale. Repeat for 5 minutes. Five minutes. New you. Blessings from the Hearth.
Going into work can really set your mood for the day, so why not make it a mindful experience? While I'm definitely not advocating meditation while you're driving down the road, you sure can do it if you travel by bus or train! Take some time on your ride to breathe, prepare for your day … Continue reading Day 11 of Mindfulness: Get To Work!
There is nothing more soothing to the soul than getting out in nature. However, if you can be mindful while you're out in nature you mind and self-being will thank you. Take a walk out in nature. Be silent. Be aware. Be mindful. Breathe deep. Are you in the woods? The Lake? The shore? What … Continue reading Day 10 of Mindfulness: Get Out Of The House!
Did you know, that in America, over 40 million people are considered sleep-deprived? That's insane! I have to admit, however, that I have a tendency to be one of those who doesn't get enough sleep. I will stay up to all hours reading or writing ... or sometimes watching really bad movies. A little over … Continue reading Day 9 of Mindfulness: Go To Bed!
It's a glorious day! What do you mean you hate getting up? Okay, I've been there, too, but I've learned how to make that early-morning wake up a little less painful Here's what a typical waking-up looks like in my life: The alarm goes off (10 minutes earlier than I'd like; I'm a light sleeper, … Continue reading Day 8 Of Mindfulness: Waking Up
What better way to begin winding down for the evening than sitting down to -- and actually enjoying -- dinner. Dinner doesn't need to be an elaborate affair. A simple plate of fruit, cheese and bread can be just as satisfying if you take the time to experience your dinner. (And truth be told, one … Continue reading Day 7 Of Mindfulness: Eat Your Dinner!
How many times have we rushed through meals just to get back to whatever it is that we were doing before? I know I'm guilty of it! There have been days I've plowed through the hours, but, at the end of the day, I couldn't exactly tell you what I've done or what I've had … Continue reading Day 6 of Mindfulness: Eat Lunch!