If you’re a regular here, then you know how much I love mindfulness. Mindfulness has a ton of incredible benefits, yet so many people don’t practice it regularly. The biggest excuse I hear? “I don’t have time.” Well, it’s time to turn that excuse on its head, because it doesn’t take long to be mindful.
Today, we’re getting creative and fun with a new series, A Mindful Minute with Dr. Allison. In this series, I’m highlighting different ways you can practice mindfulness in just 60 seconds or less, leading you through a new and simple exercise, each and every week. Check out the video to learn all the fun details. Plus, join in for our first mindful minute exercise, where we tackle something you do every single day.
In case you need a quick refresher, mindfulness means focusing your attention on the present moment with an open and non-judgmental attitude. Mindfulness is an awareness of what’s happening right now, in the present moment. And mindfulness has all sorts of amazing benefits. Decreased anxiety, stress, and depression, as well as increased calm, happiness, and attention. It’s legit.
Mindfulness isn’t so much a state of being. Rather, it’s a practice. Something that happens regularly and with repetition. In fact, it’s helpful to think of mindfulness as a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.
Imagine that you’re trying to strengthen your bicep muscle. There are several different exercises you can do to strengthen your bicep, including push ups, bicep curls, bench press, and planks. Each exercise is different, but it works out the same muscle. And the more you work out your bicep, the stronger it gets.
Mindfulness works the same way. There are hundreds of different ways to practice mindfulness. And every time you practice focusing your attention on the present moment, you’re working out that mindfulness muscle. So whether you’re doing a ten-minute meditation or eating a bite of food mindfully, you’re strengthening your ability to be present in the current moment.
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be complicated or intense. Yet when I hear people talk about mindfulness and why they’re not practicing regularly, they typically tell me that “it takes too much time.” Can you relate? Is this your hold up with practicing mindfulness?
If so, here’s what I want you to know. No moment is too small to do mindfully. No practice is too small to make a difference. So to prove that to you and to help you practice mindfulness at least one minute a week, I want you to join me, each week, as we practice mindfulness in a minute or less.
We are getting creative and fun with this, because I desperately want you to see how simple and uncomplicated mindfulness is. My goal with these mindful minutes, each and every week, is to show you that mindfulness can be fun and silly and really, really easy.
So the excuse that you don’t have time for mindfulness? Yeah, that’s not going to work here. Because no matter how busy you are, you can spare one minute out of your week for mindfulness.
So we’re kicking off this Mindful Minute series with an activity you do every single day. We’re drinking a glass of water mindfully, in 60 seconds or less. And don’t miss a new mindful minute with me every Wednesday on YouTube and Instagram TV.
I’m excited to get you hooked on mindfulness. Give me a minute each week to show you just how easy it can be! You in?