12 Tools for Mindful Living
1. Meditation- Take time out of each day and just breathe. Focus on nothing but your inhales and exhales. Clearing your mind for even just one minute of your day will improve your sanity and keep you calm.
2. Be awake to the present- Keep your mind on. What I mean is, don’t float through each day. Wake up with a purpose and don’t get lost in thought about insignificant details.
3. Watch Urges- If you’re trying to kick a bad habit like smoking or even biting your nails, take notice of the times you feel strongly compelled to do so. The moment will pass and you’ll feel accomplished.
4. Watch Ideals- Everyone has ideals that aren’t realistic. Try to let go of them because nothing will ever be the perfection you’ve dreamt up in your head. By giving up your ideals, you eliminate the potential feeling of being let down.
5. Accept people and life as they are- You cannot change anyone but yourself. Understand that and you can begin to accept people for who they are and what makes them unique. Same goes with bad situations. Life is going to throw you curveballs and you just have to accept them as they come. Don’t sweat the things you have no control over.
6. Let go of expectations- Expectations are the absolute easiest way to disappoint yourself. Take everything as a new and exciting challenge and you will save yourself the stress and pain of being let down.
7. Become OK with discomfort- Challenge yourself! Only wisdom can come from expanding your comfort zone. Trying new things is always a little bit scary at first but always more rewarding than the regret that comes with not trying.
8. Watch your resistance- Why do certain things bother you? Be curious about the things you naturally resist and try to understand them.
9. Be curious- Question EVERYTHING! Curiosity helps us learn and grow as people.
10. Be grateful- Look at your time on Earth as a gift. Be thankful for that one thing that always makes you smile. Appreciate the people around you and life as a whole.
11. Let go of control- So many aspects of life are uncontrollable. When you realize it is impossible to control everything, you live more fluidly. Don’t obsess over the things that haven’t happened yet and deal with life as it comes.
12. Be compassionate- Love others and yourself. Mindful living comes far more easily when you can see that there is something to love in everyone and everything.
and my own personal addition would be:
13. Spend time in nature- Observe, respect, protect, breathe it in