Mindfulness 101: Tool #4

By Vitina | Comments: 1 | July 12, 2017

There is a voice inside your head that creates constant inner dialog. There are many people who are unfortunately not conscious of it.

It may go something like this:

Oh no, I forgot to email so and so. You should do it now. No, it’s too late, I’ll do it later. You’re going to forget and the whole project is going to be ruined.

Or more self-sabotaging…

  • You’re not good enough.
  • You can’t do that.
  • You’ll never get married.

Can you think of any other good ones?

Imagine the voice inside of your head being an actual friend. How long would you put up with that friend?

This inner roommate (your mind) will always be there. It can take over your life. The first step is being aware of it. Not attaching to the thoughts or labeling the thoughts as good or bad.

There is a way to control this inner roommate.

Today’s tool is focused on the art of being present.

How do you do that?

Focusing on your senses is a quick way to come back to the moment.

What do I see, feel, hear, smell, taste? This can be done mindfully during everyday tasks like brushing your teeth, eating, walking to work, etc.

What is the one thing that probably distracts you the most?

Tool #4:

Using Technology as a trigger.

Technology is one of the most distracting things in your day. Scrolling through emails, social feeds, even if there is nothing to check. You do it mindlessly.

Step #1 – Set a trigger to bring you back to the present moment.

Some examples:

  • When your phone rings
  • When you get a text
  • Set a timer on your phone to go off every hour

Step #2: Take 3 deep breaths to bring you back to the moment

Do you have any other possible “triggers”? Share in the comments below.

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