Sunday, January 3, 2016

8 Ways to Be Mindful in 2016

Hi everyone! If you've read my 24 post, you'll recognize my main resolution is to continue to explore mindfulness and manage my anxiety. So, I'm sharing 8 ways I've dabbled in being mindful and want to continue with in 2016. 

1. Write or say aloud 3 gratitudes daily.

But, there's a catch (if you want a challenge). Name items notable within the last 24 hours. For example: I'm thankful I spent time talking with my mom today vs I'm thankful for my mom. This habit is particularly impactful when you're not having the best day or week.

2. Do Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

This is my favorite sequence at my local 'hot' studio. The instructor leads this flow at a slower pace which is how I prefer to practice. The controlled movements and poses coordinated with even breathing leave me feeling refreshed. There are plenty of videos online if you're interested in trying a sequence at home! I've come back to this video many times.

3. Thank your higher power, RIGHT NOW for this moment and this life (and make this a daily practice in the AM as soon as you wake up).

Considering my first instinct is to check Instagram or emails every morning, it takes some willpower to implement this on a regular basis. When I am able to express my gratitude to the Lord immediately in the morning it leads me to prayer and I feel better equipped to conquer the day.

4. Carry and collect meditation stones.

Whether you believe in a stone's vibrational influences or rub the stone for physical relaxation this piece can serve as a mindful reminder. My "home" stone is a golden tigers eye which has properties to enhance self-confidence, courage and protection.

5. Pray/Meditate daily. 

I alternate between prayer and meditation for quiet time during the day but struggle with keeping the practices consistent. Execution of prayer or meditation may look different for everyone. If you believe you need more of either in your life, try various styles and mantras to choose what will best serve you.

6. Read a book that provokes introspection.

I am big into "self-help" books and feel many people can benefit from the genre without being at place of depression or despair. I'm currently reading Essentialism and having "aha moment" after "aha moment". Seriously you should see the post it tabs on that baby. If you want to explore the 'pursuit of less' this book is it. Others on my list include: Spirit Junkie & Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change.

7. Listen to a Lively Show episode.

If you know me, you know I am an avid listener of The Lively Show podcast hosted by Jess Lively. When I think Jess, I think intuition. I often find myself ruminating about an episode hours or days after listening. Bonus: Jess is queen at labeling episodes descriptively and stacking the show notes which makes frequenting her podcast a delight!

8. Take time to know yourself. While doing so, tune in to your intuition. 

I believe the more we know ourselves, the more we know God because he lives in each one of us and an understanding of the two is connected. I also believe God and the intuition are related. Try and give some attention to which thoughts in your head are ego vs intuition. The key here is listening which can be difficult to do. Remember to be patient with yourself if taking this on!

Anything I missed? What techniques help you with being mindful?



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