7 Ways You Can Bring Mindfulness
and Love Into Everyday Scenarios
from our Angel Messenger creative Team
It goes without saying that meditation is a wonderful practice to increase both mindfulness and love in your daily life. But what if you don’t meditate much? Or, what if you do, but your monkey brain still jumps around all day? So much for mindfulness, right? Wrong.
There are really simple things you can do every day to breathe some space into your everyday life. And just as a head’s up some might not seem related to mindfulness and love, but they are!
Instead of trying to do all seven every day, just choose your favorite one and stick to it. And yes, it’s okay to do that, even if the one you choose seems like the easiest one. Bringing mindfulness and love into your daily experiences doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.
There’s no reason to make mindfulness and loving practices “difficult.” As long as mindfulness and loving practices flow with ease and grace, they are just as valuable and beneficial to your experience as if you “worked hard” on them.
#1: Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Connecting with your body is one of the best places to start if you want to be more mindful. And one way to remember to do this is with the name of the children’s song, “Head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes”! No, you don’t have to start doing the same dance you did in kindergarten. But you can silently focus on your body, starting at the top, and working your way down.
As you move down your body, try to be mindful of where you hold tension in your muscles. Try to breathe into the dark spaces. Try to relax where you feel stiff. You can do a mindful head-to-toe body scan anytime and anywhere.
#2: Start a gratitude journal
Cultivating gratitude doesn’t just make you want to say “Thank you!” more often. It will actually make you start looking for things to be grateful for.
Start your day by listing three things you’re grateful for, and then at night, list three amazing things that happened that day.
After doing this simple practice for a week or so, you’ll find yourself actively looking for things to be grateful for, and you’ll want to create positive moments – just so you can write them down later that day. In other words, by cultivating gratitude, you also cultivate more mindfulness. It’s a win-win!
#3: Put your fork down
Putting down your fork might sound like a silly thing to do to bring mindfulness into everyday scenarios. But when you put your fork down in between bites, you actually allow yourself to infuse mindfulness during mealtime.
You can take deeper breaths, you can pause before the next bite, you can relish in the flavor, you can lower stress, you can listen to your body, and yes, you can even prevent weight gain this way – all by putting your fork down in between bites. Who knew?
#4: Pre-phone check-in
While going without your phone for several hours – or for an entire day – is a great way to be free of distractions and open your mind, it’s not very feasible for most people – especially not every day. We want tips that you can use on any given day, and not just once in a blue moon.
So, instead of boycotting your phone, promise yourself, that before you start scrolling and swiping on your phone, you will sit quietly for one minute. Just for one minute! If you can, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and just enjoy this moment.
There are so many reasons why checking in with yourself for one minute before using your phone is a great way to increase mindfulness. For one thing, it calms you. It also reminds you to be kind and compassionate in your online comments. It reminds us to leave criticism and judgment behind. It reminds us that if something is upsetting us, we don’t have to react or respond right away. We can put the phones away, and calm our emotions.
#5: Give love blessings
Love blessings are a secret way you can spread love no matter where you are. The idea is to bless those around you with love and to send love to those who share the same space as you.
For example, if you usually take the subway or bus every day, take a quiet moment and bless everyone with love. If you’re standing in line at the bank or waiting at the drive through, bless everyone there with love.
Love blessings are a fun practice because you are like a little love warrior, changing and uplifting the energy of the space without anyone even knowing it. Don’t be surprised if you feel high on life when you do this!
Smiling is an easy, free way to spread love. Every time you smile, you give yourself a big boost of feel-good chemicals in your brain, like dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. All with a simple smile!
And don’t worry if the smile isn’t always natural. Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches that “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” So, even if you’re having a bad day, smiling can still increase positive energy and love – two things you can share with everyone around you, too.
Research shows that smiling is contagious and that if you see someone smiling, the part of your brain responsible for your facial expression will imitate the smile it sees. So, smiling creates a fantastic domino effect. Smiling makes you feel good, and then, it helps someone else smile and feel good, too. What an easy way to bring love into everyday scenarios.
#7: Raise your vibration with meditation music
Music is a powerful tool to raise your energetic vibration. So, try to find ways to sneak it into your daily tasks. Can you listen to some meditation music while you’re moving through your morning or evening working?
This may help to create a sense of calm, centeredness and awareness. Another option is to listen to meditative tracks while working or while you’re commuting (if possible). This can help you to feel more grounded and mindful even if you can’t sit in quiet meditation.
Bringing mindfulness and love into everyday scenarios doesn’t require grandiose displays or hard work. These seven ideas prove that experiencing mindfulness and love can be easy and effortless. Which tip do you think you’ll try today?
Much Love & Angel Blessings,
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