As we leave 2015 behind and enter 2016, many people will be creating New Year's Resolutions, things they intend to accomplish within the next year. I am not against setting intentionsor starting new projects, but I'm not writing another blog about resolutions either.
So much of our time is spent dwelling in the past, or worrying about/planning for the future. Why not take some time to be mindful, and just "be here now"? Unsure how to even start living in the present moment? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Put your phone/ipad/laptop down! How can you be in the present moment if you are busy becoming of one mind with an electronic device?
- Find a quiet space and close your eyes. Listen to the sound of your breath, try to feel the thumping of your beating heart.
- Try some yogic breath work (pranayama). My students are exposed to this during each and every class and their current favorite for stress relief is alternate nostril breath. I'm including a video link to the right.
- Take a walk in nature. Smell the smells outside, listen to the sound of the wind blowing or the stream moving. Feel the fresh air on your face.
- Quietly enjoy a cup of hot tea. Don't do anything but experience the smells, taste, and temperature of the tea.
- Warm up with a quiet, hot bath or spend some time in front of a cozy fire.
- Join a meditation group.
Now I will head out to gather food to mindfully prepare dinner. How can you fit a little more mindfulness into your life? How can you "be here now"?
Namaste - Beth