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How To Create A Mindful Lifestyle

An active mindfulness practice can help you build a habit of mindfulness throughout the day. This habit will be helpful for you in a myriad ways. Some of the benefits include reducing stress, improving focus, and being better able to recognize inner guidance.

I have learned the hard way that practicing mindfulness and being mindful of our thoughts can be extremely difficult, at least for some folks. The trick is not to allow these thoughts to control you. Don’t let them have the power to control what you say, or how you say it. Don’t allow them to dictate what you eat or wear. Don’t let them control what you think, or why you think it. Don’t let them control how you feel or what you feel. Don’t let them get in the way of any of your day to day work. That’s the biggest trick of all. Don’t get distracted during the day. Don’t give in to your inner chatter. There are a thousand great examples to follow.

Don’t let the occasional bouts of anxiety or worry cloud a mindful day. 

Don’t let a lack of discipline or determination cloud a mindfulness day.

Don’t let a lack of physical exercise cloud a mindful day.

“You can’t learn when you’re stressed.”

Stress is the enemy of mindfulness. It is the only thing that can cloud your mind when you are trying to be mindful. If anyone would know how to manage stress, it would be the monks and nuns who spent all their time meditating. 

If you find yourself in a tough situation, do not let it cloud your mindfulness. Rather, look for opportunities to be mindful and act on that mindfulness.

Try to live in the present moment. Think about everything that is going on around you for just a little while. Feel a little pleasure when you walk through a hallway or take a breath. Feel happiness when you are doing work that is relevant.

A little bit of mindfulness can go a long way, particularly if it is combined with awareness and relaxation.

Here are some great mindful tips and techniques that I have worked on over the course of my meditation practice. Use these to increase your sense of calmness in whatever situation you find yourself. 

1. Take a few deep breaths 

2. Practice the breath by inhaling/exhaling deeply

3. Repeat steps 1-2 a few times for each breath

4. Repeat steps 2-4

5. Sit comfortably in a meditative position while you breathe in deep

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7. Continue repeating these steps for 30 seconds 

8. Release your hold of the breath as you exhale completely

9. Repeat step 10 a few times for each breath

10. Sit, breathe deeply, and breathe out.

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Take deep breaths, and then exhale.

12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 a few times for each breath

13. Sit, breathe deeply, and breathe out.

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15. Take deep breaths, and then exhale.

 16. Repeat steps 9 to 15 a few times for each breath

17. Relax and clear your mind, and focus on what you are doing right in the moment.