Many of my clients cringe when I suggest that they try mindfulness. To be honest, I'm no good at sitting meditation myself and I too cringed when someone suggested it to me over ten years ago. Over the years that I have been practicing mindfulness, and in listening to my clients, I have come to understand that mindfulness is not a one size fits all practice. Instead, through trial and error, I encourage my clients to find what works for them. Below are just a few of the techniques I share with my clients to get them started.
1. Mindfulness of the Breath. I recently shared a simple breathing technique in another blog post on stress management. The Calming Technique is a simple technique that can be done in as little as 3 minutes.
2. Mindful Walking. A simple walk around the block or to the mailbox daily is an opportunity for you to practice mindfulness. The next time you head out for a stroll choose one thing to focus on. I enjoy focussing on signs of the changing seasons, the sound of the birds or the shape of the clouds in the sky.
3. Mindfulness and Writing. Have you ever sat down to write something and gotten completely lost in it? Writing and mindfulness have a lot in common and for some of my clients, this is the simplest form of mindfulness because, inadvertently, they have been doing it for years. Writing something positive, like a gratitude journal, is a great way to get started.
Give it a try. If you're anything like my clients, despite your skepticism, you may just find something that works for you.