Category Archives: Mindfulness Exercises

There are many ways to actively practice mindfulness and reap the benefits of developing mindfulness. Some of the most basic strategies to cultivate mindfulness include being mindful of just one thing at a time, being nonjudgmental, being mindful of the present moment, focusing attention on your senses, and describing your experience. While these may sound like simple or vague tasks, mindfulness exercises are not always easy. Many people who have engaged in regular meditative practices for decades continue to report moments in which their minds wander away from the present moment or times when they become reactive rather than responsive. This is natural.

Mindfulness is continually developed and strengthened over time, much like an athlete regularly trains or a musician regularly practices. Mindfulness is no different in this way… just like athletes or musicians, experienced meditators do not reach a point when they say, “All done!” We are all works in progress and in order to maintain and sustain positive growth, we must be committed to ongoing self-awareness, evaluation, and practice. There is great danger in believing that one’s personal growth, education, or skill levels have reached the pinnacle. When one believes his or her work is done and growth is complete, there is room for metaphorical weeds to grow and backpedaling. Mindfulness exercises are anything but a task to be completed or a chore to be checked off a list… this attitude would be decidedly unmindful, since it implies disconnection from the present moment.

Mindfulness exercises can be practiced anytime, anyplace, and for any length of time. There is great freedom in developing your personal mindfulness practice. No matter how busy, fatigued, or challenged you feel in the present moment, you are still breathing… right? If you are breathing, you have the opportunity to practice mindfulness. Your breath is an anchor that you carry with you at all times. Simply bringing awareness to your breath and pausing to notice the feelings associated with taking slow deep breaths in and out is making the choice to engage in a simple mindfulness exercise.

5 Steps to Clear Your Mind & Get Focused

5 Steps to Clear Your Mind & Get Focused

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi How often do thoughts, worries, or other mental distractions interfere with your ability to focus on the task at hand? Sometimes worrisome thoughts get in the way of feeling alert, calm, and present. When your mind feels as if…

5 Simple Mindfulness Sayings that will Change Your Life

5 Simple Mindfulness Sayings that will Change Your Life

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake…” – Francis Bacon It can be difficult to integrate mindfulness exercises and practices into the general attitude that you express on a daily…

How to Break a Habit: Mindlessness to Mindfulness

How to Break a Habit - Mindlessness to Mindfulness

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi In this very moment, how might the assumptions you make, the thoughts running through your mind, and the actions you take create…

Harness the Mindfulness of Elite Athletes

Harness the Mindfulness of Elite Athletes

 “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi What is it about elite athletes that makes them stand out from the rest? It requires more than raw physical ability or athletic background to have that special something that defines this group. Many sports fans, aspiring athletes, and…

How to Practice Nonjudgmental Mindfulness

How to Practice Nonjudgmental Mindfulness

“Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.” – Frederick W. Faber Mindfulness involves an attitude of radical acceptance,…

Simple Mindfulness Meditation Exercise

Simple Mindfulness Meditation Exercise

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” – Voltaire The concept of taking time out of your day to engage in a mindfulness meditation exercise may seem like a luxury that your hectic schedule simply will not allow. Perhaps the very…

Mindfulness Exercises for People Who Are “Too Busy” to Meditate

Mindfulness Exercises for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha Life means constant and inevitable change. Sometimes that change takes the form of dust accumulating bit by bit on a bookshelf and at other times change manifests itself as a major life transition. There…

3 Mindfulness Exercises to Soothe an Anxious Mind

3 Mindfulness Exercises to Soothe an Anxious Mind

“I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance.  Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal – and soon they’ll forget my number.” – Edith Armstrong Sometimes anxiety enters our experience in the positive and motivating form of eustress, whereas…

Increase Mindfulness of Pleasant Experiences

How to Increase Mindfulness of Pleasant Experiences

“For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.” – Rabindranath Tagore Mindfulness allows us to open to the constantly unfolding present moment. When we are aware of the…

How to Mindfully Sit with Anxiety

5 Ways to Sit with Anxious Feelings

“Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.” - François Duc de La Rochefoucauld If you want to deal with anxious feelings more effectively, it is quite helpful to begin to mindfully change your relationship with anxiety. When you learn to think about anxiety differently and respond to it in the…