Mindfulness to me is a mixture of awareness of the present moment, and loving kindness, which is practiced through thoughtful and ethical behavior. There are many possibilities to bring both of these aspects into your everyday life, without taking yourself out of the experiences of your normal routine. Becoming aware of what our actions, feelings, and connections to the present moment can be practiced by something as simple as shopping.
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Mindful Shopping Practices
Take going to the grocery store for example. Often we are overwhelmed by the need to fulfill our self-imposed result more often sidetracked by children, spouses, budget, other people, and all of the other outward influences we are bombarded with, as we enter a store. As you enter the store, you have the opportunity to become aware of your surroundings and be present, instead. There is no need to stop at the entrance to do that – which would be against the above mentioned loving kindness behavior – but rather to become centered in that particular experience.How To Be Mindful In Everyday Life - Mindful Shopping #mindfulness #motivation Click To Tweet
If you are with children, you can direct your attention to their present state, and instead of directing or correcting them, observe, and allow. You are much more unlikely to react out of anger, frustration, or your own sense of overwhelmed when you become aware of their sense of self. From this state, you can then direct your attention with loving kindness toward the next action that needs to be achieved.
Awareness Of The Present Abundance
Mindfulness can also turn your overwhelm into observation of abundance. Most western society grocery stores, fill us with large amounts of choices, even if we are on a small budget. You can turn, with this change of direct and deliberate attention, your sense of lack, to a sense of gratefulness. It is a present moment choice, a moment of connecting with what is happening right in front of you, rather than reacting to our past or future pressures.
Making ethical, deliberate, and thoughtful choices from your moment of awareness, brings with it the ability to affect your society positively. Your mindful decisions can bring forth the power of awareness-purchasing, leading to conscious choices that are made with loving-kindness for the planet in our care.
Mindfulness Fosters Positive Interactions
Connecting with other shoppers or employees, during your time of shopping, can be also become a part of your mindfulness practice. See these interactions as a reflection of their present moment state, and approach with the kindness of a peaceful mind, rather than being influenced by stress and overactive emotions.
It is very much possible to develop a peaceful mindfulness practice throughout your daily life, no matter which situations, or actions you find yourself in.