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We keep hearing a lot about mindfulness and meditation especially during the pandemic. The reason why people are focusing on these ancient practices is because they can help us be calm, and into the present moment.
You may have heard this phrase, “Be here now.” And that’s powerful. When we’re in the present moment, we cannot be resentful of something that happened in the past or worried about something in the future– because we’re in the “here and now.” In fact, the definition of mindfulness is being aware of the present moment without judgment– just being present to what is. That can be challenging for us sometimes.
How can you be more mindful?
We can practice a few things to be more mindful. We may set a reminder on our phone or our alarm so it goes off maybe three times a day so we become more aware of the present moment. We may breathe in focusing on your breath is a great way to actually be in the present moment. Using our five senses helps us be awake to the present moment– like sound hearing noise of the traffic behind me or an airplane or maybe you hear the heater in the background so focus on the sounds that you hear. Right now, there’s a cute little bird chirping outside. It helps you get into the present moment. Touch is a great one your senses. How do you feel sitting in the chair? Taste what’s in your mouth. All of these senses brings you again to the present moment. Those are some things you can practice in the next week.
Mindfulness Practice “The Calm Palm”
I also want to teach you this mindfulness technique that’s called the “Calm Palm.” So what you do is you take your hand. You spread your fingers wide apart and then you’re going to follow your fingers and outline your hand. When you go up on a finger, you’re going to breathe in and going down you’ll breathe out on the finger.
Let’s all practice together and before we do it, I want you to take note of how you’re feeling right now. Are you feeling on a scale of 1 to 10 really stressed? Or, not so stressed zero is like you hardly feel anything you’re just great. Check into where you are now and then after we do this. OK, perfect. You want to outline your hand breathing in and breathing out. Breathing in deeply through your belly. Breathing out…breathing in through the nose… breathing out as you continue to trace your fingers up and down. What’s really great is that you can teach your children and you can teach your grandchildren. If you work with students or you have a patient you can teach them the Calm Palm to help them to be more mindful to be aware of the present moment.
All the best to you and your family!
Vicki Atlas Israel is a Mindset and Meditation Coach, and the Amazon bestselling author of “Inner Power NOW.” The Foreword is written by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jack Canfield, co-creator of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” High-achievers hire Vicki to improve their wellbeing to live their best life. Vicki is also passionate about bringing more inner peace to parents, children, and those who work with children.