“Am I living a mindful life or an automatic life?”
We go through so many things on automatic or distracted. Think about when you’re driving and 20 minutes later you did not notice you passed three exits and you’re about to get off the highway. Where was your mind? Sometimes we do this with the people and activities we love most.
Here’s a checklist to help you get clear on whether you are living mindful or automatic life.
Practice these 4 steps:
- Pay Attention
- Live in the Moment
Focused attention gains value in your heart and mind. Think about what do you give you full attention to ….does it align with what you truly value?
Truly listening to someone adds depth to a relationship and deep understanding opens your heart.
Living in the moment creates an intentional life. When we consciously do, think, and experience then we are in the moment and experience now.
Simplify. Make sacred “time for yourself” and quiet your mind and open you house. Spend time and resources on the things that bring you joy. If what you spend time and money is not bringing you joy then get rid of it. Simplify your life.
Focusing on our breath can bring us int the here and now. This helps us connect our mind-body-heart. Practice using your breath to increase your joy and practice mindfulness.
Remember moments become minutes and minutes a lifetime.
Automatic living is the exact opposite of mindfulness.
Read the Mindful Woman by Sue Patton Thoele to learn more about how you can live a more mindful life.