Living With Mindfulness
Let's look back at a day this week. Getting out of bed, making breakfast, exercising, going to work, etc. What do you remember of those moments during the day? Most likely, you can recall the ups and downs, if your barista at the coffee shop was cute, if your boss was nice, if your workout was fulfilling and so on.
Now, let's look deeper. While driving to work, can you recall moments in which you zoned out and were on autopilot? Can you recall working out or sipping your coffee, but focusing more on what you needed to accomplish that day?
Where did the present moment go?
What if you were to go about the same day and live it with a mindful approach? What if you applied skills to become completely awake and aware?
At a very early age, I began practicing meditation with my father. We would sit and focus on finding self-awareness and understanding to have a fulfilled and enlightened lifestyle for optimal health in mind, body and spirit.
In my late teens, I focused on trying to live mindfully. In college I got a tattoo of a Maitreya Buddha, a daily reminder to be mindful, honest, loving, happy and strong. While training, my fellow athletes would rub his belly for good luck, which reminded me to race with a mindful and happy spirit.
So, why become mindful? Living with a mindful manner helps to strengthen awareness, peace and fulfillment in all that you set out to do.
Instead of hopping on your Bowflex TreadClimber for a 45-minute workout and letting your mind become consumed with what your day will entail, how your date was last night or what you will eat for breakfast, focus on the moment. Hold the intention to have a 100 percent mindful workout. This includes tossing the iPod aside. For the entire 45 minutes, immerse yourself in the workout. Become aware of your whole self as it moves along step by step. How do your legs feel as they move through space? See the sweat beading on your arms? What does your breath sound and feel like? How does the air feel in the room that surrounds you? Feel your muscles as they contract and move your body. What does every part of your body feel like as it moves through space?
I challenge you to give it a shot. You will be amazed at not only how fast the time flies, but also at how fulfilled you will feel after your workout. And from there, maybe you will challenge yourself to continue being mindful throughout your day.