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How Do I Bring More Mindfulness Into My Life? - Mindful

The in between times

When you move from one activity to the next, bring your focus to your breath, or focus on one of your senses.

Anytime you feel frustrated or confused, narrow your focus and return awareness to your breath.

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How Do I Bring More Mindfulness Into My Life? - Mindful

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Mindlessness

Mindlessness, or going on autopilot, can result in missing the good things in life or ignoring important information about relationships or health.

The antidote is to practice to pay more careful attention to what is going on around you as well as inside of you.

Tips to practice Mindfulness

  • Allow your mind to wander and gently return awareness to your breath sensation.
  • Notice any tendency to be hard on yourself. See this kind of judgment and gently return awareness to your breath.
  • Embrace relaxation and being present with awareness.
  • Expect to notice more things, including more painful things.
  • Practice staying present. Stay open to all the possibilities in each situation.
  • Be careful not to try too hard. Experience life directly as it unfolds, paying careful and open-hearted attention.
  • When starting a new activity

    Start a meeting with 2 minutes of silence, your attention focussed on your breath. Or take a few mindful breaths before starting your exercise routine.

    During an activity

    Bring your attention to your breath, or the feelings you encounter while washing dishes, eating a meal, walking a dog, etc.

    The in between times

    When you move from one activity to the next, bring your focus to your breath, or focus on one of your senses.

    Anytime you feel frustrated or confused, narrow your focus and return awareness to your breath.

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    “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

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    • Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain.

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