Every day mindfulness practice is difficult, and I'll certainly raise my hand and tell you that it has been incredibly difficult since the end of April. My hands were more than full, and my life was pulling at me in 40 different directions. It still hasn't stopped. I realized the other day, when I went … Continue reading Day 19 of Mindfulness: Be Grounded
I love art. I may not be very good at it, but I love it. I love putting a brush to canvas. I love the feel the the fabric and thread when I cross stitch. I love the feel of my hook and yarn when I crochet. Today, think about art. Play with art....even if … Continue reading Day 18 of Mindfulness: Create
How many times have we caught ourselves missing out on the important things in life: the sounds of birds, the breeze shuffling through the trees, a purring kitten? Your task today: Spend 5-10 minutes and simply listen. Sit outside and listen. Listen to nature. Listen to the cars on the street. Listen to the rain … Continue reading Day 17 of Mindfulness: Listen
Take an object from the natural world. Pick it up in your hands. Observe it as though you’re encountering it for the first time. What does it feel like? Look like? What minute details can you observe? Blessings from the Hearth.
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!