Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mindful Living: A Reminder


By on 2/13/2013

Man meditating

Pause. Take a deep breath.

Are you focused on what you're doing right now? Are you reading this article? I mean, really reading and paying attention to the words on the screen?

It's been awhile since I've visited Leo Babauta's famous blog, Zen Habits, but lately I've been drawn to reading it. After taking a hiatus from reading blogs due to a focus on updating my own blogs, I turned to Leo's blog looking for inspiration because of writer's block.

I was reminded to keep clutter to a minimum and to just breathe. I was also reminded to be mindful in what I do - to stay in the moment and focused on the task at hand. We live in a time where iPhones, TV, and a plethora of social media channels are constantly vying for our attention. It's no wonder why many people experience attention deficit issues. I admit that I even go through times when my memory fails because of information overload. So reading Zen Habits was a breath of fresh air in a polluted virtual online world.

What Is Mindful Living?
For me, mindful living means being in the moment.  We can often experience distracting thoughts about what needs to be done next, regrets for things that haven't been done, or fear about the future. That list of 10 things that need to be done today can wait. What matters right now is that one thing you're doing right now - whether it's giving your dog a bath, talking to the person in front of you, or sitting at breakfast with the family.

It's amazing what can happen when you become more mindful in your thoughts and actions. Typically when I write a blog post I sometimes feel inclined to check my email or check Facebook. Sometimes I'll have music or the TV on. However, this time I challenged myself to practice mindful writing and just be fully in the moment. As I write this without the distractions, I feel more focused and the words just flow from my fingertips. Before I started writing this article I practiced mindful cooking and just paid attention to everything I did - from peeling the potatoes, stirring the macaroni, and frying the chicken. That meal became my passion at the moment, and it turned out delicious!

So, how do you go about being more mindful? I like these 10 tips for mindful living from Ladies' Home Journal.

Can there be a balance between mindfulness and capitalism?  I do believe that mindful living can extend to the business world.  Some thoughts to ponder for another post...

What does mindful living mean to you? Do you have any tips to share?
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