If you are living in a big city, or even in a small city, you might catch yourself sometimes, or even daily, racing around from A to B without paying attention to the present moment until you arrive home in the evening.
But this doesn't need to be the case if you gradually implement a few habits that will help you to live more mindfully, even if everyone around you is racing and life is chaotic.
Mindfulness is simply defined as "focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations." So whenever you notice your mind is very preoccupied with the future or dwelling in the past, just STOP:
Feel your breath entering the body, feel your breath exiting the body.
Close your eyes.
Feel your body breathing.
Feel your clothes or the air on your skin.
Notice the sounds around you.
Go through all your senses in a given present moment.
You can do this wherever you are: at your desk, on the bus or in the shower before a long day. I wouldn't recommend it in the car but there you can still focus on your breathing or take a big relieving and calming sigh.
My favourite and great breathing method for everyone is this:
10 deep breaths - Inhale fully, Exhale fully and Repeat 10 times. Try to count your cycles of breath. And whenever you lose the count (which will likely happen - even though it is 'only' 10 breaths), start again from 1.
If you are stressed, your mind is scattered or you could just need an extra dose of calm in your life, 10 conscious breaths can sometimes be enough.
Give it a try. And if you don't think you have time for 10 breaths, then I would suggest you take 20:)
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