Mindfulness has been a really hot topic as of late, and we have just recently caught the bug. We are always on the look out for new ways to better ourselves, and so why not start top down? When people make New Year’s resolutions it mainly revolves around the physical, the fiscal, or something habitual but never really mental. Too often, we do things that we have trained ourselves to do, without thinking. This ability to go on auto drive is at times helpful. For instance, when you are driving home from work, and singing along to a song at the same time. However, our days seem to be made up of a series of trained reactions to certain cues. The alarm goes off, you change and go to work. On your way to work, the petrol indicator goes off, so you stop to top off your tank. At work most of the time its all about going through the motions, until you break for lunch. At lunch, you munch through your meal, scroll down your social media feed, and carry a conversation all at the same time. You can see where we are going with this. The issue is that, on your way to work you are so focused on getting there, that you forget to appreciate the journey. At work your dead set on getting things done, that you forget to challenge yourself. It is all about engaging more with the world, by being more intentional and less withdrawn.
Here are a few steps we want to employ on the way to becoming more mindful: