Mindfulness Hacks & My Journey
One of the pros I have found most fascinating about mindfulness is how easily it can slip into my day-to-day life. It’s not like blocking out two hours of my day each day for the gym (half an hour travelling each way then an hour actually at the gym!). Instead it’s the act of going about my day-to-day ritual intentionally, rather than on auto-pilot. That’s what has made the process of being mindful so much easier for me than starting something like Yoga, Pilates or meditation of any form.
Before starting this blog work with Adrian Sonnex I had never really found the right tools. I was using an app called Headspace but that still required that I take a least 10 minutes out of my day to just sit still. Whilst I can do that now, at the time I definitely didn’t think I could. I had a million and one things going on… my dissertation, running a not-for-profit consultancy team (so work, admin and managing people!), exams to revise for, jobs to apply to, interviews to attend.. and that’s not to mention my (poor) attempt at a social life, or my three hour daily commute!
But once I started using the mindfulness tricks I’m about to reveal to you guys in the following few posts the whole process became a lot easier. That’s not to say I didn’t feel silly at first. I felt ridiculous.
These were tasks I performed everyday habitually or places I saw everyday. Yet, I was having to focus on them as if it were my first time doing them or seeing them. It doesn’t make any sense right? Of course I know how to tie my shoe laces, why should I have to focus on how I am doing it or how the shoe lace feels on my finger tips or the bottom of my foot on the sole of my shoe? Why should I draw my attention to how the bristles on my toothbrush feel when I brush my top teeth in comparison to my bottom teeth? It’s the same feeling every day, isn’t it?
But, I was patient. So, be patient, consistent and be kind to yourself throughout your practises. There is no right way to do it. Even when you feel you’re doing it wrong, you’re doing it right because you ARE doing it. Your mind can wonder a zillion times and that’s okay – just more opportunities of practising the art of bringing your mind back to what you are experiencing, with your five senses, at that moment in time.