Namaste! On a scale of 1 to self-actualization, how zen are you feeling right now? If your inner eye also feels a little groggy, here are a few tips for bringing a daily dose of peace and tranquility into the daily grind.
Mindfulness is the act of being present physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s living in the moment, being present and aware of the physical world around you and your place inside of it as a divine daughter of God.
Mindfulness is a specific meditation practice, but you don’t need to be in a glitzy yoga studio with burning incense and a SUPER focused chi. Daily mindfulness is simply a way of checking in with your higher, holier self.
Practicing mindfulness can look like any of the following:
- Diaphragmatic breathing - a specific breathing technique you can learn more about here.
- Relaxing the tense muscles around your shoulders and neck
- Taking a brief inventory of the sensory experiences around you (what can you hear, smell, or feel?) and leaning into that moment
- Taking a moment to try and clear your mind. Think of each thought as a helium-filled balloon you release into the sky. As new thoughts float into your consciousness, release them into the sky and refocus on clearing your mind.
Studies have shown this practice of being so fully present helps decrease and combat anxiety, alleviate depression, and promote overall physical and mental well-being.
Meet the girls
If this is all feeling a little new or overwhelming, never fear! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Latter-day Saint gal pals who are shining stars when it comes to all things meditation and mindfulness.
The Small Seed - We love the Small Seed’s new Christian meditation app that will help you center yourself in Christ.
Refill My Soul - A new meditation app for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Simply Sadie Jane - Take a minute to stop and breathe with yoga, self-love, and meditation advocate, Sadie Jane.
Brooke Snow - Need a hand to start your meditation journey? Consider meditation guru Brooke Snow’s free mini meditation course to learn how to transform your prayers for greater connection and revelation.
Talk Wordy to Me - Find some great resources and information on mindfulness with Talk Wordy to Me’s Mindfulness ebook.
You’ve got this, friend! So take a breath with me and let’s breathe in the good as we move forward and make big things happen in our lives through our Savior, Jesus Christ.