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The Divine Every Day

September 17, 2020

Mindfulness tips for busy people

You know how it is. There are a lot of things that are good for us but by some cosmic twist of irony, they tend to be the things that taste yuck or suck on the enjoyment level.

It’s like the road to Nirvana is paved with gag reflexes, inner groans and shudders.

Unless you have been living under a rock for years you can’t have failed to learn that meditation is a universal cure-all with zero downsides; it’s free and you don’t need a membership lock-in.

All you do is sit or lie down, close your eyes, connect to Source and before you can say “Quantum Jehozaphat!” you’re at one with the Great Oz, God or Universe and all problems are super-zapped into nothingness.

Simple, right? So why is it so hard? Monkey-brain, teetering to-do lists and a million other things you’d rather be doing –anything but close eyes, tune out and just “be”.

Yet we are spiritual beings. And our need for greater connection remains an undeveloped part of us (unless you have a formal religion). A sort of soft, underused muscle that is crying out for motion, attention and tautening – plus a big input of love and respect.

Mindfulness in my view is meditation lite and is an easy and deceptively deep way of connecting with yourself, your heart, your soul and life.

You can seek and see the divine in the simplest things. A simple Zen act is doing the washing up as though you were bathing the baby Buddha. Taking time to notice, to connect, to appreciate and to relish everyday things means on a daily basis you start to see the miracles in the mundane.

In quiet moments of reflection, you can listen to the inner whispers, discover the answers and realise a deeper appreciation of commonplace magnificence.

So if you, like me, find formal meditation about as relaxing as doing burpees on a bed of nails here are a few simple mindfulness practices you can do in the here and now to connect you to life and beyond.

Mindfulness Tips for Busy People

  • Walk slowly. Really slowly and feel your feet touching the ground, the sway of your hips the air on your face. Attune to all your senses.
  • Truly relish your food. Look at your meal, feast with your eyes, relish each mouthful and consider the fields, farmer and faraway places that made this mouthful possible.
  • Hold your cuppa like a chalice. Tea, coffee or whatever your hot tipple allow complete immersion into the experience.
  • Actively seek magnificence. The change of seasons, an amazing colour, a turn of a shoe, cloud formations, a witty moustache.
  • Turn your attention to your heart. Let it open and see the divinity in the moment – and in others.
  • If you have a garden go for a last-minute solo walk around it at night – feel the grass beneath bare feet, look at the stars, notice the sounds.
  • Find a tree or let it find you and visit it regularly. Tell it your woes and wins. Touch its bark (they love that) and know they will take your messages to their own Wood Wide Web.
  • And let’s let Confucious have the last word: “I hate to tell you this but now is all there ever is”. Heavenly really.

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