My clients often say that they are too busy to be mindful. I can tell them all the reasons this is important. You will have more peace, you will learn to listen better, you will have better health and enjoy life more, you will increase your mental muscles and in the long run, you will have more time.
As a coach I know that telling my clients to do something isn't nearly as important as having them decide they want to do it. They won't buy into it until they are ready. I can only help guide them along the way.
Mindfulness doesn't mean you have to mediate every day, although with some simple practices you might decide you want to. Shirzad Chamine, founder of Positive Intelligence shares research that shows just four, 2-3 minute practices a day will change your neural pathways in your brain, moving you into a more positive state of mind. I am including the link to his research here so you can learn more. Here are some suggestions for adding short mindful moments into your daily routine.
take a few moments during your shower to notice how the water feels as it is touching your skin
while on a zoom call, really notice the speaker, pay attention to their words with extreme attention, look at their eyes and mouth as they talk
Every time you take a sip of water, notice the sensation of the water in your mouth. Try to feel it as it goes down your throat and into your stomach. Give thanks for having clean water
If you are a busy parent, take a moment to snuggle your child, smell their skin, notice the smooth texture. Do this with teenagers too.
and most importantly - as noted in the quote below by the late Thich Nhat Hahn, notice your steps.
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