Making Things Happen Through The Beautiful Art Of Mindfulness

BY: Michelle Graham
Do you ever feel like you are just drifting to get through your day and not truly living in the moment? 

        I know that I do, I often race around my day trying desperately to check a box or get things done. Am I always living in mind, body and spirit? Of course, the answer is no. I work tirelessly to get things done, to shuffle kids around, to be successful at work and to be present in my home. I want to live my best life, but sometimes Life just gets in my way. So, I have set out on journey to be more mindful in 2020. Perhaps you can be more mindful too. I believe that being mindful or practicing mindfulness is not something fancy or unattainable. We can all put mindfulness into practice with a few simple tools. 

    According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, Mindfulness means 1: the quality or state of being mindful 2: the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. In other words, it’s the ability to fully be present and aware of what we are doing, where we are and not over-reacting to it. I often think mindfulness and peacefulness go hand in hand. So how can you be more present, more mindful throughout the days and months ahead? 

    Being present in each discussion throughout the day is a way to be more mindful. We often have conversations in our day distracted by computers, phones, television and people in general. Pay attention and focus on active listening, pay attention to the individual who you are conversing with. Small moments make a big difference. Even active listening to our kids can mean everything; put away your phone and pay attention to what they have to say and be pointed and engaged in the process. It is amazing what comes out of the mouths of our babes when we truly, mindfully LISTEN. 

    Practice quiet meditation for a small block of time each day. Quiet your mind and be truly present in the process. Mediation can calm your mind and body. Get connected to your breath and enjoy the moment of being peaceful and mindful in the process. The rewards of meditation are wonderful. 

    As you go through tasks in your day practice taking your time and focus on the actual task at hand. Think of something like brushing your teeth. Do it with purpose and without distraction. Make it matter are you doing your best? What do you want the result to be? Why do you brush your teeth? Isn’t because you want to avoid cavities and have good hygiene? Well of course so do it with proper intent. When you are attending a meeting be prepared, don’t just get by. Be the person who comes ready, willing and MINDFUL about the task at hand. Your peers will notice that you are engaged at a high level. Be the example in a group, make others want to act and be like you. As you go through tasks in your day take them one at a time and devote your full attention to doing it the very best that you can. 

    To engage in the art of mindfulness does not mean you have to change. Let yourself be the best you can be and what that looks like from person to person can be very different. Make your own life impactful, think of your interactions throughout your day and how you can leave your small positive mark on the world. Remember anyone can be more conscientious more mindful throughout their day, it’s the implementation that matters. Make it your way of truly living. How can you set your spark on fire to empower those all around YOU? It matters YOU Matter!