Move your attention to the sense of touch. Feel your feet touching the ground as you walk, fresh air touching your skin, the clothing against your body as you move. Observe the areas where clothing may feel tight with each step. How does the fabric touch your skin?
Next, moving to the sense of smell. What aromas can you detect? Notice subtle aromas as well as strong smells.
Finally, we move to taste. What can you taste in your mouth?
Doing this practice will raise your awareness, is wonderful for shifting your mindset. Did I mention it’s a great stress reliever too? Next time you’re out walking, leave the ear buds at home. Instead savour the natural environment around you.
3. Eating mindfully
Our society has changed somewhat over the last few decades. I recall spending mealtimes sitting with my family, then we got a television in the dining room and the focus moved away from conversation and the food on our plates to watching the 6 o’clock news on TV.
Focusing on the food you are eating is another way to bring you into the present moment. To be more mindful.
When you don’t eat mindfully, with awareness, you are in danger of overeating because your thoughts are elsewhere, you’re not focusing on the process of eating, and listening to the signals your body tells you when you are full.
The complete opposite happens when you eat with awareness. Research shows we digest our food much better when we are present and mindful of the process.
This week, try something different.
Switch off the television or step away from your computer screen. Remove your mobile device and pay attention to the meal you have lovingly prepared.
Notice the taste and flavours of the food in your mouth, the different textures, and smells. Does the flavour change as you swallow?
When your mind wanders off, bring it back to the eating process. Chew slowly and savour each bite. Take time to eat your meal and savour every mouthful!