I do my best to practice mindfulness as a way of life. My favorite ways are Transcendental Meditation (TM) and journaling. I’m not perfect but I’m getting better with time. Plus it’s not a competition. I’m grateful for the many individuals who have taught me how to live with intention…to be present in the now.
Also, I find that when I’m mindful, I naturally assume an attitude of gratitude. It’s a package deal and I do find that it’s hard to be ungrateful when I practice being mindful.
Below, I share five ways I practice mindfulness while remaining grateful.
- Meditate: My 5 Tips For Meditation Success can help you get started.
- Journaling: The Five Minute Journal is a very quick option. It is also available as a free downloadable app.
- Be Grateful: Every day, list three things you are grateful for. Use your journal. The Five Minute journal makes this very quick and easy.
- Walk in Nature: Spend time as often as you can in nature. I’m fortunate to live near the ocean and very beautiful parks. I visited both very often — walking, thinking (or not), praying, etc.
- Deep Breathing: Learn deep breathing. Check out the Wim Hof Method
You can practice mindfulness almost anywhere. But the key is to take time to make it a priority. You develop the capacity to be mindful when you practice regularly. It takes less effort if you are gentle to yourself and remember this is all a part of self care. I also find that when I go inwards, the act of being grateful comes naturally and I begin to look for reasons to be grateful.
Be Thankful in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
So, if you feel frazzled all the time and you lack peace and joy, maybe the key is to practice mindfulness. You could probably start by expressing gratitude more often. Gratitude for the air you breathe, for example. You don’t know when your last one will be.
Learn to give thanks, regardless of your situation. You will soon develop this better way of dealing with stress, as well as the mountain of woes that can overwhelm us as working solo moms.
Bonus: In the TED.com video below, Andy Puddicombe challenges us to take 10 minutes to do nothing. Quite interesting.
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