#MindfulHacks — My Top 8 Mindful Living Hacks for a Top Mindful Fish
This short series of #MindfulHacks to help you to become a Top Mindful Fish, exclusive to Thoughts And Ideas on Medium has already looked at what Mindfulness really means in practice — How it can help prepare and educate our children for their future — Improve business performance — & take you from being a good leader to being a really great one!
We’ve also looked at the brain and at all the cool science that back’s everything up, and now in this penultimate piece in the series, I’m going to dive into the Mindful Living Pond & share with you my Top 8 Mindful Living Hacks…
Then you really will be a Top Mindful Fish and ready to take a wee fun Mindfulness Quiz, that will form the center-piece of the final installment coming soon to conclude this series…
So, did you forget to be Mindful Today?
In this post I get down to the nitty gritty and look at some Top Tips & Hacks for Mindful Living.
But firstly, some perspective. It’s so important to never loose sight of the fact that you should never ever be too hard on yourself. Never, Ever, Ever!
Mindfulness is a goal less activity. You don’t have to search for anything and it can be OK for things to be just the way they are, with nowhere to go and nothing to do — Although that might feel really counter intuitive when so many of us are brought up to believe that the point of life is to get somewhere in the World, not to go nowhere.
So, don’t be too hard on yourself
Be open and prepared. Be accepting and compassionate to yourself. You don’t need to search for anything and everything is OK.
Just practice Mindfulness with Technique & Attitude.
An Attitude of openness and acceptance and a Technique that involves both formal and informal Mindfulness meditation and breathing, with activities such as Mindful Walking and Mindful Eating — Slowing down, being present in the moment, noticing the natural world around you, tasting and savoring the food you eat.
And in the workplace you can be Mindful opening your emails and being present in the moment in meetings, which is something that I talk about in more detail in Blogs & pieces for the Institute of leadership & Management (ILM), You Tube, and in my book.
Remember the Zen Proverb
“When walking walk, when eating eat”…Tweet this
Start single tasking, rather than multitasking — & see here what happened when I stopped trying to multitask.
You can start to consciously move slower than normal too, making your actions and the activities you engage in more deliberate, rather than rushed or random.
And Be patient and more tolerant. Do things more completely with your full concentration and Attention.
Put space in your busy schedule — Gravitas and charisma come from within you and by cultivating spaces between the doing, pauses between the thinking, time to recharge, you will develop and grow in stature.
Spend 5 Minutes doing nothing
Yes, each and everyday, just spend 5 minutes doing absolutely nothing and use the time to become aware of your thoughts, focus on your breathing, focus on and notice the world around you and basically become comfortable with the silence and the stillness.
And don’t sweat the small stuff
Of course not, everything is small stuff if you have the right lens to look through and you’re looking at it from the right perspective with objective distance.
Stop worrying about the future!
Appreciate who you’re talking to, or socializing with and give them your full Attention, not letting your mind wander, or thinking about what you should say next.
Practice listening to what is really being said
Thank you Marcus Aurelius for those wise words, but Mindfulness is also about Actively Listening.
And when walking, practice tuning into what’s going on immediately around you, the sights, sounds, smells — Mindful Living will enable you to savior all the new things that you’ll discover and see, as well as see all the stuff you normally sort of see, in a new way. It will be eye-opening to say the least.
My Top 8 Mindful Living Hacks
So, here they are — I’m just going to give you the top line on each, there’s a lot more detail in Chapter 6 of the book & if you’re interested to know more, what to do and how to do it, just dive in and take a look.
Each of these though are guaranteed to help promote a slower, more deliberate consciousness that engages the prefrontal cortex of the Brain, which if you’ve read my recent piece also in this series on Mindfulness and all the Science you’ll have a pretty good understanding of — but if you’re asking, it regulates our emotions and ability to think clearly:
- Eat Mindfully
- Limit Screen Time
- Drive A Different Route
- Exercise Without Headphones
- Set A Step Challenge
- Stop Being A Slave To Your Emotions
- Smile More Than You Want, &
- Use Post-Its At Work
Paul Mudd is the author of ‘Uncovering Mindfulness: In Search Of A Life More Meaningful’ available on Amazon and www.bookboon.com; the ‘Coffee & A Cup of Mindfulness’ and the ‘Mindful Hacks For Mindful Living & Mindful Working’ series. He is also a Contributing Author to The Huffington Post and a Contributing Writer to Thrive Global. Through The Mudd Partnership he works with business leaders, organisations and individuals in support of change, leadership excellence, business growth, organistional and individual wellbeing and well doing, and introducing Mindfulness. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow the continuing journey uncovering Mindfulness on Twitter @TheMindfulBook and at @Paul_Mudd