1. Take a few minutes to notice your in and out breaths. I like to repeat: “Breathing In, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.” Sometimes, it is preferable to simply repeat “in” on the in-breath and “out” on the out-breath.
2. Be happy simply being. We are conditioned to feel like we should always be getting things done; that something must change in some way in order to be right. Practice letting that go. Once you realize that nothing needs to be different right now, it makes it much easier to experience the present moment in a non-judgmental way.
3. When you feel your mind beginning to wander, go back to your breath. The breath is the key to bringing the mind and body together.
4. Resist judging! When you observe things, resist the temptation to judge them. Just observe them as they are.
5. Mindful eating. When you take a bite, note the taste and texture. Think about where that food came from and how it is interconnected with everything else. If it is a vegetable, think about the soil, water, and sunlight that helped to create your food.
6. Take a mental inventory of those times and places that you are most likely to lose your mindfulness. Is it while you are playing around with your phone? Is it while you are browsing the web? Is it while you are eating? Make an effort to bring mindfulness to that activity.
7. Get outside! Fresh air, wide open surroundings, and sunshine are great tools to help you meditate and enjoy your environment and harvest mindfulness.
May you find peace today!