How often have you felt like when you get just a little bit more time, you’re going to practice meditation or mindfulness?
It can always feel like it’s in the near future, but then every day is another day where you felt like you weren’t able to self-connect like you had hoped to do.
One way that we can connect with ourselves and observe life from an expanded perspective in a very easy way is to take advantage of mindful moments that are presented throughout our days.
While we are doing the “mindless” (and actually meditative inducing) daily actions, we can become gloriously and satisfyingly present with ourselves.
What are mindful moments?
Mindful moments are those moments when you are fully present in the moment, which means you are momentarily detached from your stories of who you think you are.
You’re just present, aware, and in observer mode. You aren’t thinking about the past and what’s happened to you, or the future and what could happen to you.
You are in this moment, in your body, and allowing thoughts and emotions to surface without judgement. Why is this so powerful?
Because when we suspend our stories and beliefs, our concerns and fears, even just for a few minutes, we experience a healing vibrational shift within our energy field.
Our minds and bodies are at ease, our emotions able to surface and release, and we unite with that ever-still presence that is always behind our minds, eyes, and hearts. This intelligence is where all of your life-force emanates from–your creativity, love, intuition, awareness…the all-knowing part of you.
Imagine intentionally connecting with this part of you throughout your day when doing the daily routines and rituals that you always do anyway, understanding that just a few minutes here and there not only adds up by the end of the day, but replenishes your spirit each and every time.
The benefits of mindful moments
A mindful moment is much more powerful that most people realize. Why? Because when you are connecting with this presence that is always within you, you are tapping into its infinite wisdom and peace.
Here’s some things I have noticed from savoring mindful moments throughout my day:
- Inner peace no matter what’s happening
- Acceptance and surrender (in a good way…we can’t control the world)
- Increased intuition
- Heightened clarity of mind
- Increase of ideas and creativity
- Getting to know myself in deeper ways
- A more relaxed nervous system
- More patience and loving kindness
- Expanded dream awareness
These are just a few of the benefits that are important to me. The benefits are truly endless as connecting with your inner presence, your inner source, will have a myriad of effects on your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
What is a daily ritual?
A daily ritual or routine, in this article’s definition, are those things that you already do every day and that contain opportunities for becoming mindful.
Rather than rushing through them mindlessly or letting your monkey mind take over while performing these tasks, you instead choose to get present within yourself and be in the moment, whatever that moment is holding for you.
Daily rituals look like waking up, brushing our teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, preparing food, eating food, doing chores, driving or riding the bus, going for a walk outside, preparing for bed, etcetera.
Since we do these things every day, we can either tend to zone out or use other stimuli to distract us through them, such as having the TV on or scrolling our phone.
Imagine converting these rote activities into opportunities to come into your body and awareness, to be fully present in the moment.
And imagine how connected and present you would feel at the end of a day after connecting with yourself and reality this many times.
6 ideas for savoring mindful moments
Now that you have an idea about what a mindful moment is, how beneficial they are for you, and examples of what daily rituals are, I’m going to give you some ideas for what a mindful moment could look like with the following daily activities.
Remember that mindfulness is simply being fully present without your stories. Coming into and being with the moment. A mindful moment!
1. Brushing your teeth
Most of us brush our teeth in front a mirror every day. Try looking into your own eyes as you brush your teeth.
Feel the spirit behind your eyes, taking some deep breaths as you do this. Feel yourself present, here in this moment with YOU.
Make it even more powerful by saying "I love you" as you gaze into your own eyes.
2. Taking a shower
Feel the warm water over your skin while taking some deep breaths. Give yourself a scalp massage while shampooing, enjoy the smell of the soaps you use, and praise and appreciate the individual body parts as you bathe them.
3. Preparing and consuming food
Our intentions and energy go into our food, not to mention the act of preparing food can be extremely soothing and meditative.
If you have the option, feel into your body and see what it’s wanting. Get all your ingredients out so you aren’t rushing all over the kitchen frantically.
Smell the food, take your time preparing everything, taking long deep breaths every so often. Taste it along the way. Play some soothing music. Let it be an experience, one where you are present and engaged, pouring your love and energy into the food that will then nourish yourself and others.
Whether you're eating food or even simply having a morning beverage, be all there and enjoy it.
4. Doing rote chores
The dishes are something most of us do almost daily. It’s another opportunity like the shower to get grounded and present.
Feel the water run over your hands, grounding you back down into your body. Take deep breaths while letting yourself fall into the soothing, rhythmic movement of washing dishes and/or loading them into the washer.
Let yourself fully be there, allowing anything to come up that needs to...taking notice but not judging or pushing away. Just allowing, acknowledging, and releasing.
5. Checking the mail
If you have a mailbox that you have to walk to, use this time as an opportunity to be present within yourself and the outdoors. Feel the sun or air on your skin. Take some deep, regenerative breaths as you walk to retrieve the mail.
Look around and notice what you see without any judgement or stories.
6. Bedtime routine
Right before we get into our beds, we have a few sacred minutes of time that is perfect for engaging a mindful moment.
For a long time, I’ve enjoyed simple stretches by my bed in the glow of my salt lamp. Everything is quiet and it’s just me and my body.
While stretching, connect with your body by feeling it and dropping into it. Send deep gratitude and love to it.
As always, take deep, long breaths. Come into this moment of stillness for a few seconds or minutes. However long you need. Set intentions to sleep well and to have your energetic alignment restored.
As you can see, with each of these activities you simply take a few moments to be centered within yourself. Taking deep breaths is not only so healing and beneficial for your body and mind, but it slows you down into the present moment.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article and found something to take away with you.
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