There is so much to talk about when it comes to meditation and being mindful. I felt inspired to share how I incorporate both throughout a very busy day. I start my morning with the everyday hustle of getting the family fed, dressed and there are some mornings, I will confess, when I can’t wait for everyone to leave. I try to always stop for a moment to look into my daughter’s eyes to ask her, “Who is in charge to make today a great day?” and she smiles right back at me and says, “I am”. After kisses and hugs, my loving hubby is off to get her to school and I am left with the welcoming quietness of my home and our cute little dog Lula staring up at me. I take a deep breath and think of the day ahead of me with meetings, phone calls and emails.
Even if you don't have the time to set aside to practice full meditation, these are a few of your everyday moments that you can utilize into a mindful technique each day.
Thankful to make beds
Even if I may not have time to meditate or read something inspiring which is how I would love to start every morning, I take a moment for myself by making the beds and organizing the kitchen. For me, there is something about making a bed and smoothing out all of the wrinkles and creating a neat and fresh invitation for peaceful rest later in the day for your loved ones. I put a lot of love into it and I also take this moment to practice gratitude, to thank the divine for all of my blessings and to reflect on how good it feels to have some order which brings me peace.
Wash a dish and cleanse your worries
Washing the dishes is a great time for me to practice releasing any negativity. It feels great to wash every plate and with it, I wash away my worries and negative thoughts. Wiping down the counters gives me a clearer mind and starts the day with a clean slate.
Relaxation can ignite creativity
Showering is my time to become inspired and for some reason, this is where I get my best ideas. I use some orange or lemongrass aromatherapy and it invigorates me to think over designs for new concepts for my business or supporting my family’s needs. The steam on the glass is my “whiteboard” where I write and sketch and let my creative energy flow in tune with the water down my back. I breathe deeply and close my eyes and capture my ideas in a more steady and organized process and relax.
BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT
Connecting with nature reminds us to be present
At this point of my morning, cute little Lula is by the door quietly reminding me that it’s time for a walk. I always leave my phone behind and opening the door, the day invites us with birds singing, blue skies and fresh air. Even though I am still training Lula, I always honor her needs to stop and smell a scent in the air that is grabbing her full attention, or sometimes it is a breeze or a leaf. She is reminding me to pay attention to what is around me and how to be present in the moment. I forget my thoughts, stretch my arms out and do shoulder rolls and notice the trees, squirrels and birds and feel harmonious.
SET INTENTIONS OF WHAT YOU WANT
Create expectations and make the day yours
This morning I felt drawn to my Lapis crystal and as I held it in my hand and closed my eyes, I felt it’s strong vibration. I lit the special rose candle I have that was made by our best candlemaker and started to write down how the end of the day was going to feel. I am content of all that will be accomplished and I put on some new music I downloaded. Bring on the day!
So, there are moments all throughout the day to stay mindful and re-connect with the inner source within you of peace, love, stability and stillness. I find that when I can continue this practice throughout the rest of my day, stressful situations just need me to take a few breaths to remind me that everything will work out how it is meant to be.