Casual Mindfulness

Practicing Casual Mindfulness

How to practice daily casual mindfulness in your everyday life is as easy as noticing the simple things. Practice focusing on an object or person for which you're grateful, and notice two things you can taste or smell. During your lunch break, use a moment to recharge your mental energy by taking a minute to meditate. Here are some other ideas to help you expand your awareness. Listed below are some of the easiest ways to practice daily casual mindfulness in your daily life.

Focus on something or someone for which you're grateful

A simple gratitude ritual can help you cultivate a gratitude attitude by focusing on one or more things in your daily life. You can even decorate a jar with things you're grateful for and use it in the morning and evening to feel gratitude and thankfulness. Practice gratitude daily - especially after dinner - by sitting down quietly, closing your eyes, and focusing on something or someone for which you're grateful.

Recharge at lunch to meditate

Recharging at lunch can be an effective way to boost your productivity. This break allows you to focus on your breath and other energizing activities. Practicing mindfulness can help you release stress and get back on track. In many cases, people only take a brief lunch break, eating their meal while working. A thirty-minute break could easily be over before you've finished your lunch. Try not to think about work or read emails during this time.

Observe your body sensations

To practice daily casual mindfulness, observe your body sensations. When your attention is diverted from the sensations, you become focused on thoughts and emotions rather than the present. In this way, you will be able to avoid identification with your current mood or attitude. By observing the sensations of your body, you will stay grounded, because the body is always in the present, while your mind is often outside of it.

Bring your attention back to the present moment

If you have been thinking about trying casual mindfulness but are having a hard time doing it, you are not alone. Many people struggle with the concept of the "present moment." The fact is, the present moment is fleeting, infinitely long, and ephemeral. Philosophers have tried to define the present moment and have come up with wildly differing definitions. Some think of the present moment as nonexistent, while others see it as infinitely thin and deep. Whatever you call the "present moment," there is no doubt that it is important to live in the present.

"The meeting of two eternities,
the past and the future...
is precisely the present moment."

Henry David Thoreau


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