When the chaos around you takes over your thoughts, it’s important to take them back. For most people, this reclamation can seem overwhelming or even impossible. However, meditation, wellness, mindfulness, spirituality and simple living doesn’t require a complete lifestyle switch; a few deliberate adjustments can generate big positive changes for you and your family.
Start small: Take a few moments a day to meditate in a quiet place. Focus on your breath and the present moment; how you are feeling, what scent is in the air, and physical sensations like heat or cold. There are tools available if you feel like you need something extra. Guided mediations, for example, provide recorded meditations that lead you through specific mindfulness practices. Another option is a Mala, a necklace consisting of 108 beads intended for keeping track of 108 mantra (or slogan) repetitions such as ‘I am grateful,’ or ‘Life is beautiful,’ or anything you like. These practices help focus attention and promote mindfulness.
Here and now: Another way to achieve mindfulness is by simply living in the moment and appreciating the moment as it comes. For example, finding a positive aspect in a dreaded chore, such as doing laundry, can transform the mind. Instead of thinking, ‘I hate doing laundry,’ try this instead, ‘Doing laundry provides my family with fresh clean clothes,’ or ‘My clothes will smell great after this,’ you get the idea.
Creating time for meditation and finding authentic value and purpose in everyday tasks transforms the mind. Turning negative thinking into positive living connects the body, mind, and soul, strengthening all aspects of your life. Visit us at Mommy Expert often for more information on mindfulness and other practices that positively influence your health and wellness.