Regular meditation provides a path to mindfulness. But this practice is buoyed by small pauses throughout the day, what I call everyday mindfulness. There are many places to pause, so the process is personal. Each of knows best which practices stick with us. Each of knows best where there's breathing room in our days or where we most need a mindful pause. And we learn by trying things, experimenting, and paying attention.
A contented life requires both intention and attention. What are my intentions for this moment, this day, or this practice? How can I bring my full attention to my chosen purpose? I ask and answer these questions most easily when I'm mindful. Just like fear feeds fear, presence feeds presence.
Here's a a list of everyday mindfulness practices, to which I'll add regularly:
Hello and goodbye
A Meaningful Thank You
How do you want to be remembered?
Slow the Pace
Just Like Me
Watch a Tree
Intentional Break from Technology
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