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Be Mindful when working. We spend much of our life working and because of our busy, fast-paced lives we easily forget to be mindful. Define and prioritise one task at a time and fully attend to it. Break up the task into manageable bites. Make full use of the correct ‘tools’ at your disposal and trust in them to do the job they are designed for (computer keyboard, iron or dish cloth). Set yourself a realistic time frame to complete each bite and stick to it. Pause by placing your attention on your breath after each completion or when the going gets tough. Return your attention fully to the task when you get distracted. Acknowledge each completion as a mindful step. Try these hints whether you’re studying, working around the home, working for someone in a job or have your own business. This practice, in itself, can cultivate great focus and mindfulness.

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Be Mindful when listening and talking. 

Can you pay full attention without agreeing or disagreeing, or planning what you will say when it’s your turn? Can you suspend judgement? When talking can you just say what you need to say without overstating or understating? Can you listen to what you are saying whilst you are speaking? In the present moment there is only one speaker and one audience. Can you create this space when you connect with someone?

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Be Mindful when eating. With whom do you eat your meal? With your TV, ipad, mobile phone or newspaper? If you eat your food with all these distractions, it means you’re not actually enjoying your food and probably means you’re eating it mindlessly. Food is about nourishment by means of taste, smell, sight and texture. Give attention to your each and every bite. Bring awareness to seeing your food, smelling your food, tasting your food, chewing your food. The direct experience of eating food mindfully, means we bring into being as much nourishment from the fullness of its flavour, with every bite, as we are consciously able to savour.  

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Inspiration

Puppies For Sale

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign. “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.

The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”

The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”

The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerable behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”

The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited. “That’s the little puppy that I want to buy.”

The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.

The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”

By Dan Clark

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Be Mindful when taking a shower/bath and brushing your teeth. Usually when we brush our teeth we think about everything except focusing on what we’re doing. 

 Try this: Attend to the working surface – where the brush makes contact with the teeth or gum. What do you notice? Can you simply let the toothbrush clean your teeth or do you have to do it? See if you can let the tool (the toothbrush) do the work it’s designed for. 

Notice if you have preoccupying concerns about cleaning your teeth properly or what a chore it is each day, or not having enough time to do it properly, or that you have no concerns at all? 

Similarly for showering or taking a bath, try to feel the sensation of the water on your skin. Be mindful when washing your body or your hair, and when drying yourself afterwards. It will be an amazing experience if you pay attention to it fully.

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Be Mindful when you wake up in the morning. 

 When you wake up in the morning before you get out of bed, bring your attention to your breathing. 

Locate where the breath sensations are most noticeable – in the abdomen, at the nostrils – and ‘surf’ with full awareness on those breath waves, fully in the moment. 

Observe five mindful breaths. This will give you a great start as you awaken slowly to face the new day. 

Remember, each breath is full of new life, unlimited energy and dependable support. 

You may wish to do this sitting over the side of the bed or on a chair. 

Experiment by expanding your awareness around your breath until it includes a sense of the body as a whole, breathing.
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again” 

 Thich Nhat Hahn

  
The 7 Habits of Highly Mindful People

Leith Brown
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“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

How can we live a meaningful life, have you ever thought about that question? A meaningful life is said to be based on three principal human qualities: Wisdom, happiness and love. 
A mindful lifestyle is an essential path towards a meaningful life. One that allows space for acknowledgement, understanding and growth and grants us the wisdom, happiness and love we all need.

I know living a ‘mindful life’ can be a challenge as we may not be accustomed to living in the present moment. Therefore I thought I’d share seven, powerful, mindfulness habits. When practiced daily, these habits will help us appreciate every moment of our lives. Its an experiential learning that only requires a little practice and fits right into each day’s routine. Research has shown that just 10 – 20 minutes of mindfulness meditation each day, has a significant impact on our brains and the way we conduct our lives. 

Mindfulness Habits
Having mindful habits or rituals mean being aware and attentive, on a daily basis, as you move through your day. This is a way of making your life healthier and more fulfilling, rather than mindlessly acting in autopilot mode. Your senses will become alive to what nourishes you and they do so through your attention to what they are engaged with. Try some of these habits in this guide, and just see how you feel. It is not mandatory that you have to follow all of them. Remember, it’s not a competition; it’s just what you notice and not about what you’re meant to notice or what anyone else notices.