Many of us spend our days wanting to feel productive and love the idea of checking things off our to-do lists. But we often never feel “caught up”. We tend to keep doing things until we lay our heads on the pillow at night, feeling exhausted and as if we barely survived the day.
In terms of masculine and feminine energy, doing is a masculine role and being is a feminine role. Feminine energy occurs in rest, nurturing, and going with the flow. Because we are focused on goal setting and accomplishment, we tend to be more in the masculine energy rather than feminine energy, which makes us feel imbalanced.
Here are a few tips for you to lead a more mindful life.
1. Set an Intention in the Morning
Setting an intention for your day will set your attention and focus. Maybe take a look out the window or put your legs up the wall, which is a great way to get your blood and energy flowing. You can set an intention to be peaceful, be compassionate, be focused or simply to just be.
Your intention can be anything that makes you feel good. You can then write down your intention and view it throughout your day to be reminded of how you want to be.
2. Sip Tea
The act of sipping the tea allows you to be present and focused on the moment, especially if you are able to take a break and spend a few minutes outside or looking out a window. Being is when you can enjoy where you are and who you are at this very moment, which sipping tea allows you to do.
It also will benefit your lymphatic and nervous systems while you slow down and enjoy every sip. Lemon tea will energize you in the morning or afternoon and chamomile tea will relax you at night.
3. Walk Barefoot
Being barefoot will allow you to feel grounded and connected to the earth, which will also help relax your nervous system. Walking in the sand or grass is especially grounding and helps you pay attention to where and who you are at that very moment. Take this moment to place your feet firmly on the ground and think of what you are grateful for today. Take a deep inhale. On the exhale, bring a smile to your face. It’s also very beneficial for your feet and skin and can be considered a simple and natural pedicure.
4. Pet an Animal
If you have a pet, they hold unconditional love for you and just want your attention. Petting an animal gives you a chance to appreciate their balanced and joyful lives. You are using senses such as touch, which gives you a chance to slow down and enjoy the moment. They don’t care how many e-mails you returned today or the amount of money in your bank account. Spend more time with your pets or take a trip to a petting zoo.
5. Play With Children
the best thing about children is that they are focused just on their toys, friends, and/or nature while their imagination runs freely. They aren’t wasting their energy thinking about the past or future. All they simply want while they are being, is love, encouragement, and attention. Find some time during your week to play with your children or friend’s children. Even reading a story to them is amazing quality time focused in the present moment.
6. Avoid Distractions
Our smartphones and computers are capable of so much but can sometimes feel like a burden in our lives. You may be writing an e-mail and receive social media notifications and text messages, which can be distracting and bring you out of the present moment. Or you may notice it’s difficult to have a conversation with someone without a message or reminder alert going off somewhere close by or in our own pockets.
7. Breathe and Meditate
Many people are barely taking the time to slow down and breathe, never mind actually having a meditation practice. There have been many studies showing how meditation gives us the opportunity to just be, which is extremely beneficial for a healthy body and mind. Many studies on meditation have shown evidence that it reduces symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and insomnia. According to the Academy of Management Journal, subjects practicing meditation showed significant improvements at work, compared with members of a control group. Job performance and job satisfaction increased while
According to the Academy of Management Journal, subjects practicing meditation showed significant improvements at work, compared with members of a control group.
However, there are now amazing tools to help us concentrate and not get as distracted. Many phones now have a “do not disturb” mode and computers have tools to keep you focused on one task at a time, such as setting timers. Too many people are struggling with slowing down and being. They are missing out on the precious moments in life. These moments are often caught when we aren’t looking down at our phones or staring at a computer or television screen.