You may be being mindful on a regular basis and not even know it. Check out these 3 great ways that mindfulness may already be a part of your life and use it to propel you to keep living healthily.
1. You Listen To What Your Children Say
When your child enthusiastically rushes into the car to tell you about the games she played at school, and you excitedly respond, you’re being mindful. Huffington Post blogger, Jan Cloninger, wrote in a column on mindful parenting, that your participation (or lack thereof) in your child’s life can have a significant effect on them. “People often say they have trouble focusing their minds. It’s difficult to be in the moment — especially when we’re parenting and the demands of life also need our attention,” she wrote. “If, as adults, we are having a difficult time managing the distractions that interfere with our ability to focus, it’s not surprising that our children are struggling, too.”
Next time your child earnestly tells you a story, be thankful for the mindfulness you’re already practicing. It makes for wonderful memories later on.
2. You Take In The Sunset
It’s pretty difficult not to stare at the sky, as the sun starts to set on your way home from work. When you stop to take in its final moments, you’re engaging in a mindful activity. “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally,” says mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn .
3. Savoring Your Food
If you’re like me, you love food. You savor every bite and the act of eating adds a level of pleasure to your life. Well, focusing on what you’re eating and savoring each morsel is known as mindful eating. Bonus: This type of eating is linked to significant weight-loss.
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