It is a new year, and many of us have made a new year’s resolution. Generally, we are motivated and dedicated to that resolution for about two weeks, and then life gets in the way. Our enthusiasm for eating right, exercising, or keeping things neat falls to the bottom of our “to do” lists. This year, you might want to focus on being more mindful, of having a positive attitude about what is happening at the present moment, without judgement.
As with any new habit, practice and repetition is the key. It is important to make a conscious effort to incorporate mindfulness into your day, throughout the day. This requires a willingness to change attitudes and the routines to which we may be accustomed. Think about your own life and what may be interfering with your new goals.
Cell phones- These mini-computers have the ability to rule our lives. How often do you answer your phone while conversing with someone else? Is your phone a fixture on the dinner table? Do you walk down the street while talking or texting? Do you “multi-task” and use your phone while watching tv or playing a game with your kids? One way to be more mindful is to make a decision to turn off the phone or keep it in a purse and give that person or activity your undivided attention. A text or a call can be returned later. Before cell phones, people left messages or called again later.
Focus- When you are in the company of others, are you there in the moment? Are you intently listening to what is being said and a participant in the conversation, or are you lost in your mental “to do” list? Do you make eye contact with others, or do your eyes wander aimlessly? Are you focused on the speaker or texting to someone who is not there with you? Relationships are important, and connecting with others requires mindfulness. Focusing on the moment and what is happening in the present inspires others to respond to you authentically, and the relationship develops.
Self-Judgement- Sometimes we are just too hard on ourselves. We all have faults and negative experiences, but you will experience less stress and anxiety if you accept yourself as you are. Treat yourself the way you would treat someone you love. Think of a negative experience as a blessing to push you in a more positive direction. You can have an unfortunate moment, but that moment does not need to negatively influence the remainder of the day.
Research shows that mindfulness encourages you to be more aware of the decisions you are making, which, in turn, helps you to reach your goals and dreams. In addition, your physical well-being improves as you are calmer and more in control of your life. When you are mindful, you are a model for your children to be more mindful. For tips and ideas of how to become more mindful, or to teach your children about mindfulness, you may want to visit the following websites:
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- Lynn Camacho
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