The list is simple. Basically, whenever I have a little quiet time so I can reflect on the present moment.
- Doctors office waiting rooms
- Midnight nursing sessions
- Picking up groceries
- Folding laundry
- In the shower
Blocking out time for meditation is great, and I highly recommend it, but practicing mindfulness throughout the day is just as important. What are you most likely doing during all those above tasks? My guess is looking at your phone, multi-tasking, or letting your mind wander thinking through the bazillion things you need to get done. How about next time you’re doing something where you have a moment to yourself, stop your mind from wandering and focus on exactly what you’re experiencing then and there.
In the doctors office waiting for the doctor to come into your room, mentally scan your body, think about why you’re there in the first place. Be present and in-tune with your body so you can give them a full, truthful report. While picking up groceries, think about all the food you’re waiting to be loaded into your car and how you’ll use it to nourish your body. Or while you’re in the shower, do another body scan, but think about how the water feels when it hits each part of your body. Is a hot shower helping to relax your muscles, or is a cold shower helping to wake you up and energize you? These are simple ways to practice self-care and mindfulness, and again, it doesn’t add any more time to your already busy schedule. You’re not blocking separate time out to think about things, you’re just using the time you already have in a different manner.
What are some other places you can practice mindfulness while you’re on-the-go?