Are you present?
Have you ever found yourself getting in your car, arriving at the parking lot, and wondering how you got there? It’s common to find yourself disconnected when you do the same things over and over every day.
However, being on autopilot takes you away from the beauty and the gift of the present moment.
1 Be present with your food.
Put your phone down, switch off the television, and focus on what’s laid out on your plate. Appreciate your food’s colour, aroma, texture, and flavour.
Think of the person who carefully prepared it for you too. Chew slowly and savour the taste. Don’t rush it! Mindful eating also includes paying attention to your body’s hunger cues and knowing when you’re already full.
2 Be present with your body.
More than the physical benefits, mindful workouts can significantly improve your mood, help you be more focused, and strengthen your mind and body connection. If distracting thoughts suddenly enter your mind while jogging or lifting weights, focus your attention back on your practice, your body, and your breath.
3 Be present with others.
Whether it’s your partner, children, siblings, or parents, give them your full and undivided attention whenever they’re talking to you. Pause what you’re doing and connect with them at the given moment. Suspend any form of judgment and listen to what they’re saying. Sincerely hear their thoughts and acknowledge their feelings instead of thinking of a rebuttal.
“Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle
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