I was thinking about the little rituals and moments that I have during my days that bring me back into the present moment. We don’t need to go on retreat or drive to a studio for group meditation or yoga. Although it is really beneficial to have a formal daily practice, it can be difficult to schedule in at times.
Having something to keep you on track can be very helpful.
It only takes a moment to come into the present.
… There you are :)
When we create rituals we bring more awareness into our days. When we are observers of ourselves we can step back and see possibilities, let go of what isn’t working for us, and make more conscious choices and decisions.
Pausing for a moment to connect with our inner being can make a huge difference to how our day unfolds.
Here are some daily rituals that remind me to check in with myself. I call these moments Mini Mindful Moments. MMM’s.
(Apologies to those that thought I was about to announce the next generation of M&M’s)
♥ As I wake up I notice my breathing. I take several deep breaths and allow myself 5 or more minutes to be right here before the need to get up. I ask: What can I look forward to in this day?
♥ Washing my hands with tender care using an aromatic foaming soap.
♥ Choosing specific music that signals meditation time. Its like Pavlov’s dogs … It takes me right there in an instant!
♥ Using the Chakra time mediation app on my smart phone. It goes off at 8 am and 1pm. An easy reminder to pause and breathe. Coming into the present moment.
♥ Listening to my own 2 minute mini meditation:
♥ I also ask myself these questions during the day:
Am I present?
Is my heart open or am I in my head?
What’s alive in me?
Do I need to take time for myself – a sacred pause?
Being conscious in the moment is freeing!
What MMM’s do you have that support you in being mindful and staying present during your day?