From all the recent exposure, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mindfulness is a new fad, the current darling of the media and beloved by celebrities everywhere.
In fact, this is an ancient meditative tradition, which is credited with fighting depression, increasing energy, and giving practitioners a calmer, more positive outlook. What we love about it is how easy it is to incorporate into your daily routine: just pick an activity and get Mindful! Here’s our three-step guide:
- Do it as soon as you think of it. If you set aside a certain time of day, chances are it’ll just be one more thing looming over you.
- You don’t need to remain still, or focus on your breathing, or sit in a lotus position. Just pick a normal, mundane activity, and give it your total attention.
- Whatever you’re doing, use all your senses. (So when, eg, you’re brushing your teeth in the morning: Feel the brush against your teeth; Taste the water and the toothpaste; Smell the minty freshness; Listen to the swish of the moving bristles; See the froth building up.)
Simply do whatever you are doing – but do it mindfully, using as many senses as you can.
By being Mindful, you can make your mind less full.