5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness Without Even Trying

I recently started keeping score of most Washington Nationals’ games. 33 down, 129 to go.

Many people are intimidated by the idea of practicing mindfulness meditation. They often think that there is absolutely no way they can do it. Believe me, I get it. Even after 10+ years of meditating semi-regularly, I still struggle with my concentration every time. So, don’t start by sitting down for a 30-minute meditation from an app. Start with being mindful, or present, or aware, in your day to day life. Below are a few other moments and activities to help you on your way to becoming a calm Buddha.

  1. Take a moment in the morning and evening to think positive thoughts for the day (aka prayer) or reflect on the day behind you.
  2. Try keeping score of a baseball game. This is a great way to slow life down and just focus on one thing you enjoy.
  3. Go fishing. Fishing can be one of the most calming, meditative acts a person can do.
  4. Swim laps. You don’t have to swim a mile or two. A 1/4 or 1/3-mile swim, alternating the strokes so that your back and shoulders get stretched, will make a tremendous difference in your life.
  5. Pause before a meal. Take a moment to think grateful thoughts about your life and focus on your fortune, hopefully with others.

Author: @dogma_vat

self-help, coaching, masculinity, religion, fatherhood, centrism, adhd.

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