Mindfulness implies keeping a moment-by-moment understanding of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness can help individuals get grounded. One way to practice Mindfulness can be applying gratitude into your life.
Practicing gratitude daily can set up yourself to a solid Mindfulness practice. It is common for individuals to focus on the things that are not doing well instead of the things that they can be grateful for. “In times of trouble or transition, when we are feeling down or afraid, the best medicine can be hope and gratitude. To be grateful gives us hope, and hope lets us know that things can get better, that we can move through our journey” (Lesowitz & Sammons, 2013).
In a Mayo Clinic study, it was suggested some other ways to practice mindfulness:
- Pay attention. It is hard to slow down and notice things in a busy world. Try to take the time to experience your environment with your senses: touch, sound, sight, smell, and taste. For example, when you eat a favorite food, take the time to smell, taste and truly enjoy it.
- Live in the moment. Try to intentionally bring an open; accepting and discerning attention to everything you do. Find joy in simple pleasures.
- Accept yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend.
- Focus on your breathing. When you have negative thoughts, try to sit down, take a deep breath, and close your eyes. Focus on your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Sitting and breathing for even just a minute can help.