Mindfulness requires attention to the here and now. So how do we practice mindfulness in our ever-increasing and ever-changing tech society? Here are five ways.
- Make a gratitude list. At the end of your day, write down 3-5 positive experiences you were thankful to have. This can help you with reflection of the experiences and therefore, memory. Keep it simple so that you do this often. Structure it like a "to-do" list.
- Savor with your senses. As simple as it sounds, in our technology-driven distractions, we tend to forget the gift of our senses...touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. Make a point to have one experience a day that you intentionally savor with your senses. Whether it was the first few bites of your favorite dessert, the sight of the sunset that left you in awe, the smell of your favorite candle while reading a good book, the sound of your loved one's laughter, or the timely hug of a friend in your time of need-- savor with your senses!
- Seek outdoor adventures. Exploration and nature are a dynamic duo for enhancing mindfulness. Doing new things requires focused attention, and many studies show that those who get outdoors more, stress less. The University of Michigan reported a study that showed improved mental health with nature group walks(1).
- Uni-task. Determine what multitasking habits you have developed that are non-essential, and change them. We are learning more and more how routine multitasking is altering our memory. Of course there may be some things in your life that require multi-tasking to a certain degree; however, really evaluate here. Likely, there are some things that you can set aside.
- Enjoy anticipation. Having something to look forward to is a great way to enhance your senses through an experience, as mentioned in number three of this list. Share with a friend your simple and complex hopes and dreams. Giving yourself permission to anticipate will keep you fresh, despite not knowing what kind of experience you will ultimately have.
People in our culture have more of their life documented than any other time in history. Is this making our life's memories enriched, the same, or distorted?
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