What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a meditative practice of bringing your attention to the here and now. It seems like a small thing, but it can be difficult to focus, when there are so many demands for our attention. I have a few examples of mindfulness below you can incorporate into your daily or weekly schedule, without adding yet another item to your to do list.
Mindfulness has important benefits for your health and well-being. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness can improve memory, focus, reduce stress and worrying, and improve your relationship satisfaction, among other benefits. And if you are a witch, your spellcasting technique will improve as a result of increased focus.
So, clearly, adding in some time to be mindful is a great idea.
The problem is many of us lead busy lives and finding the time to slow down is difficult. These little rituals can be done in a few minutes, while you are doing something you already do every day.
Examples of Mindfulness
Coffee or Tea Ritual
Most of us have a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning, or some other beverage you enjoy. Why not take a few minutes for yourself and make this into a mindfulness ritual?
Instead of mentally going through your to do list, relax and empty your mind. Ground yourself in the here and now. Think about the cup in your hand. Is it warm? What does the coffee or tea smell like? How does it taste? Take long deep breaths, centering yourself as you sit there. At first it will be difficult to let go of thoughts clamoring for your attention. Just push them away as you focus on your breathing.
This is a fantastic way to start the day. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and I’ve noticed a difference. I don’t feel as stressed. And, by the way, coffee has some magical uses.
Most of us shower everyday. Why not use the opportunity to be mindful? It’s a great way to begin the day, or wind down at the end of a long one.
Let the hot water run over you and roll your shoulders. Breathe deep, inhale the water vapor and just be in the moment. Enjoy washing your body and try not to think about anything else. Imagine the water washing your cares away, and they are sluicing down the drain.
You could add in a little self care as well. As you are cleansing yourself, try not to be critical. Appreciate your body for carrying you around every day. Maybe plug the drain and drop a bath bomb in, or a few drops of essential oil? I sometimes do this as an added treat. When I get out of the bath, I use a pumice stone and some lotion on my feet.
Most of us incorporate cleaning into our daily or weekly routines. I get up Saturday mornings and start working on my apartment. Usually, I listen to a podcast or music as I work to make the time go faster.
However, I’ve started being mindful while I clean. I light candles in the rooms and play some soft background music, and stay in the moment while I work. I like to think about how fresh and clean the place smells and feels. What does the wood feel like beneath your hands? Does the bathroom mirror feel cool underneath your fingertips? I find this to be therapeutic. It’s a relief to not think about what just happened or what’s next.
I also make my own natural cleaners using items like vinegar, rubbing alcohol, essential oils, and spray bottles. This can be a little witchy if you focus while you clean. I imagine sweeping up bad energy with my broom and chucking it in the trash can.
How do you incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine? Or do you have a couple of other examples of mindfulness you could easily add to your routine? Or will you try one of these techniques?