Mindfulness is fantastic in the time we are in a sitting meditation. However, going about our day tends to suck the mindfulness away from us. If we are practicing mindfulness, we see that every moment is a sacred moment. Are we treating each moment as such? Are we valuing the gift of life we are constantly receiving? How can you practice mindfulness in your daily life? Here are a few simple practices to practice mindfulness during your day.
A practice that was recently brought to my attention is to take notice of doors. Yes, doors. When you walk through a doorway at any point during your day, pause in a moment of mindfulness. Recognize how sacred your life is, your movement is, and treat walking through a doorway as a sacred moment.
Another practice is that of the phone ringing which we have recently discussed. Anytime a phone rings (yours or not), pause and take a single deep breath. Recognize how sacred your body is and the noises that you are able to hear are.
You may also try the practice of taking a deep breath when sitting down. Throughout the day, we stand up and sit down many times. Every time you sit down, you are giving your body a bit of a rest. Why not give your mind a quick rest too? Take a deep breath and feel your bottom in the chair. Be aware of your body, and the ground holding you up.
Finally, you may practice the mirror method. Anytime you see a mirror, be mindful of your body and your ability to see. Taking a deep breath, we are able to touch the miracle of life and sight.