Developing mindfulness in daily life (part 1)...
Updated: May 20, 2020
In daily life, we can suddenly realise we are mindful - when that happens, great, relax and enjoy it while it lasts. You’ll probably notice you are more mindful in particular times and places. It's obvious, but do more of what makes you mindful.
Walking is a great way to ground yourself. Simply focus your attention on the physical sensations of your feet making contact with the ground as you walk. You can do the same while sitting by bringing your attention to how it feels to be in physical contact with the chair.
Another way to practice mindfulness in daily life is to take a minute or so (even a few seconds) to focus your attention on your breathing.
These are like mini-meditations sessions you can easily integrate into daily life.
Alternatively, you can take the scenic route. Look out for mindfulness in art, dance, exercise, yoga, rock climbing, playing music, listening to music, walking in nature – any activity that gets you out of our heads and into your body.
Unlike thought, our physicality can only be experienced in the present tense. If we’re going to find mindfulness anywhere, it’s going to be in our bodies. We have physical sensations all the time so there is always the potential to become aware of how it feels (physically) to be alive in the moment.
There is also a deeper and transformative dimension to the practice of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness of feeling is a profound practice because our personal suffering originates in our minds’ reactions to feelings. Fear, desire, avoidance and all the suffering that follow, are emotional reactions to feeling. Practicing mindfulness of the feeling disrupts our fear-based emotional reactions. Mindfulness highlights the difference between feelings and the emotional dynamics that we build around them.
Mindfulness of how we feel creates the space we need for emotional growth.