Repeat after me, “Ohmmmm.”
One more time, ladies…. “Ohmmmm.”
Congratulations! You just learned the first step to mindfulness. Now, we know what you’re thinking, “If only achieving complete and total mindfulness was as simple as taking a few deep breaths.” Well, don’t be mistaken. It really is that easy. However, there are some small details that will make or break your mindfulness, or at the very least, determine the level of meditation and mindfulness that you dip into. So, without further ado, let’s learn what those finer details are so you can learn how to achieve mindfulness in 10 minutes.
Step One: Set Aside Time for Mindfulness Every Day
It can impossible to find the time to treat yourself to mindfulness every day. The modern world is a rat race. People are running around with scattered brains as they try to start the day, only to work for 8-hours, rush home, try to find time for their yoga class, rush the kids to their extra-curricular activities, make dinner, catch up on the latest episode of The Kardashians and by the end of all that, you’re too exhausted to even think about mindfulness. By that point, mindfulness is sitting on your couch and soaking into the cushions.
We’ve all been there!
However, if this does sound like your life, you need mindfulness more than anyone else. In fact, your life will be so much better for it, as you’ll be more equipped to handle the craziness of your day, on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
So, whatever you do, give yourself just 10 minutes a day. It can be 10 minutes while you’re waiting in the car for your kids to get out of school, 10 minutes before bed, 10 minutes hiding in the pantry from your children – whatever. Just give yourself 10 minutes.
Step Two: Find Your Special Place
Your mindfulness place can be anywhere where you get a couple of minutes to yourself. Like we said, it could be sitting in the driver’s seat of your caravan while your kids attend soccer practice if you want. It really doesn’t matter where your special place is, it just has to be yours. It has to be a place where you can just be in the moment – free of distractions, noise, complaints, whining, arguing, crying, etc.
Some of our favourite places for mindfulness are outside in the backyard, in the bathtub, in the wilderness, in the car, and in the bedroom before bed. But it can be anywhere you want it to be.
Step Three: Get Comfortable
Now that you know where your special place for mindfulness is going to be, it’s time to make it comfy. If you can only squeeze in some time while sitting in your caravan, throw a soft mandala tapestry in the front seat so you always have it for times of mindfulness. Maybe you’ll want to add on cushions or even a diffuser with essential oils. Yes, you can even get a portable diffuser for your car.
Whatever you do, just be sure to do it for you and to increase your comfort and mindfulness while in that space. After all, sitting on a hard concrete floor or a patch of grass that’s being taken over by an army of ants is not going to promote mindfulness. Throw a blanket on top of it and add some pillows, and you might just have a new safe haven.
Step Three: Grab your Mala Beads
As you start to channel mindfulness, you’ll want to have your mala beads with you. However, every set of mala beads has a different intention. Some are designed to channel unconditional love, others are designed to increase creativity, some are designed to promote balance, and the list goes on. So, if you have something specific you’re trying to achieve on that particular day, make sure you are particular with the mala beads you choose. Otherwise, any will do for bringing on some strong, positive energy.
Once you have your mala beads selected, hold them in your hand and head onto the next step.
Step Four: Breathe
Breathe. Just breathe. Take a long deep breathe in through your nose, pause, and let it all out from your mouth, and pause. This is the type of breathing you learn to do during your yoga classes. Breathe in. Pause. Breathe out. Pause. It helps control your mind, body and spirit, as well as your breath, energies and chakras. So, focus on your breathing. Don’t just breathe like you would normally. You want to get as much oxygen as you can with every intake, and blow as much stress, anxiety and tension out as you can.
There are also many different breathing techniques you can do, all of which serve the main purpose of providing relaxing and mindfulness. However, some have additional benefits that may be more specific to your situation. We will talk about this in a later blog post. So, don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list.
Step Five Just Be in the Moment
As you’re sitting there in your special place, breathing and enjoying the silence, focus on being in the moment. If you’ve taken many yoga classes before, this should come to you like second nature but even if you’re a newbie, the process is quite simple.
Think about the way your body feels – from the tip of your fingers right to your toes. If a certain part of your body is feeling different, focus on that and try to change it. Narrow in on how your balance is, and if it needs to be corrected. Think about nothing more than you and the moment, all the while continuing to breathe deeply and slowly.
And that, ladies, is how you achieve mindfulness in 5 easy steps. All you need is a quiet space to call your own, mala beads and an intention, and you’re ready to find your inner peace and ohm your way to mindfulness.