108 Ways to Mindfulness
Let’s begin this new year with more ways to mindfulness with our 2nd set of journal prompts for our week. Using one prompt per day in a journal- let’s take a journey into the Mindfulosophy!
#002 The Pleasure is mine….What is pleasure? From the Urban Dictionary: One of the very few raw emotions. Different to happiness, as happiness is a mixture of emotions, pleasure included. Pleasure is a raw feeling inside every mammal (and possibly every other animal) in which the animal enjoys the situation.
So, Enjoying a situation is Pleasure- What activities bring you pleasure? Make a list with exact places, people & times of day. Then , Think about how you can bring more of them into you’re life more often.
#003 Willpower….Where in you’re life are you committed and disciplined? Maybe it’s a regular exercise program, meditation, or yoga, even if you don’t feel like it? Stress is the enemy of willpower, so say the latest findings of neuroscientists, psychologists, and life coaches in the field.
Reflect on any areas you are committed and see if you can apply this to other areas where you’d like more discipline. What are you going to do about it?
#004 Happiness…Write down something you’re grateful for this year, this month, this week, this day, this hour and this moment. Do you see a pattern
#005 We need to have a talk…Write down a difficult conversation that you want to have with someone. Now, answer these questions: was it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence? With you’re answers in mind is there anything you want to change?
#006 Quick learner. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned this year?
#007 Be Here Now. List some of you’re rather mundane activities you do daily and repeatedly. do these excite you? Write down a way to slow down during one of these activities to enjoy the moment, making it more of an occasion – to be more in touch with the moment.
#008 Meditation. Finding balance in breath. Breathing might seem simple but breath is life. Practicing meditation should be done without straining, if you have medical conditions do not retain you’re breath.
This is an effective way to calm, de-stess and restore you’re balance, slowing and controlling you’re breath. It helps with anxiety, which is prevalent these days. Try a four count breath meditation: Though, you can practice this mindful breathing exercise anytime, anywhere – if you’re in your office, I suggest sitting tall in your chair, both feet on the floor. Then, it’s just four simple breath segments done to a count of four.
Inhale 2 3 4
Hold 2 3 4
Exhale 2 3 4
Hold 2 3 4
Focusing on the breath and the count of four, repeat the same process until you reach a relaxed state. Once you have you’re rhythm, close your eyes, keep a square visualized in you’re mind or keep you’re attention on he feeling of air entering and leaving you’re lungs.
#009 Journaling. It’s totally normal to lose interest in new things just a week or so after starting them.So use today to boost you’re intention to continue. On a new notebook or Word Doc. write these words down. They are the benefits of mindfulness. Circle the ones you desire the most, then close you’re eyes, sit quietly a few minutes, thinking about how each of these might look like in you’re life. When you’re tempted to not journal in the future, remind yourself that this is what you’d like it to bring.
STRESS RELIEF – BETTER MEMORY – BETTER FOCUS – MORE ENERGY – COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY – FASTER INFORMATION PROCESSING – -EMPATHY AND COMPASSION – EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – FEELING CONNECTED – GREATER WELL-BEING
#010 You’re Soul Tribe. A SOUL TRIBE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO GET YOU.
They understand you, they resonate with you, and they share the similar values and beliefs.
Have you ever talked to someone and suddenly you both realize that you’ve been talking for a few hours nonstop? And it’s your first time meeting with them? It’s like they just get you, and you get them. There’s an instant connection. They believe in your passion, your philosophy, and your purpose. And you believe in theirs.
Who brings you joy? Write down what about them lights you up and energises you. Be specific: Then TELL them. Make them feel special.
#011 In the zone. Are you comfortable right now? In life? It’s much easier to remain within the boundaries of where you feel comfortable than it is to face the fear of venturing beyond them.
But by limiting yourself to what you already know, you’re likely missing out on professional opportunities, life experiences, and personal growth.
Want to get out of your safe cocoon but don’t know where to begin? The hardest part is taking the first step.
Write down an opportunity to step out of you’re comfort zone. What are you going to do to make the jump?
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“In theory, all you need to do is to take the first step. It will be difficult. The first day at the gym is the worst. The opening line of your story takes the longest time. But as you gain momentum, it is easier to keep moving.” — Deepak Mehta