Mindfulness isn’t just meditation. There is a way you can integrate mindfulness into your daily life just by getting good at being in the moment. The easiest way to do this is by scheduling pauses throughout the day.
I take a few moments in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night to pause and notice the things around me. It is a time where I am fully present, paying attention to all the feelings and sensations around me.
I heard someone who perfectly described mindfulness as “Paying attention on purpose without judgment.” You can do it while walking, eating, or simply sitting down. All you need is a few seconds or a minute in your day. Meditation is a way for mindfulness, but it isn’t the only tool.
At Acton Academy, we show the Eagles how they can get more out of life by making mindfulness a daily habit. I am happy to share that we just started our mindfulness class this week, where we guide our Eagles to learn the idea of mindfulness while they are young. The more they are mindful, the more their time is stretched because they are not distracted.
Our children are growing up in a fast-paced modern world where we are always thinking of the next thing. A lot of parents find themselves multitasking and never being fully present. We also wonder where we need to be next. I encourage all parents to practice mindfulness as well. Once your children see that you’re doing it, they will start doing it too!