Want to get started collecting? Read on for our experts’ mindfulness-based suggestions and techniques.
1. GET AN EARLY START. Many of us couldn’t think of starting off the day without with a strong cup of coffee. But being mindful about it will totally transform the experience. “I feel the mug warm in my hands, look at the color of my coffee as I stir in my coconut-almond creamer, smell the delicious aroma and then take my first mindful sip,” says mindfulness teacher Julie Potiker. “The whole time, I’m focusing my attention on the experience of my coffee, not my to-do list for today!”
2. NOT A COFFEE DRINKER?
“I also use brushing my teeth as a mindfulness-in daily-life activity,” she adds. “I close my eyes to minimize looking in the mirror (which brings up mental chatter about my appearance!), and focus on the feeling of the toothbrush on my teeth, the taste of the toothpaste and the hum of the electric toothbrush. Before I know it, I have given my brain a two-minute break from worrying and ruminating!”
3. BE MOVED TO THE MUSIC. “If you’re listening to music and really allowing it to move you, you can look at that as a mindfulness, meditative activity,” Potiker says. “The point is that you’re not worrying or ruminating.” Before you head to the office, allow yourself one extra song in the car. If you take public transportation, lucky you: All you have to do is put in your headphones and close your eyes.
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