Create a Happy Life That's Sustainable

We’ve discussed the benefits of meditating in a previous post and will likely continue to emphasize the benefits of a meditation or ‘mindfulness’ practice. But what about when we miss our alarm? Are up too late with the kids? Or miss out on part or all of our routine because…life?

I like to call one solution ‘mindfulness hacks.’ These are simple practices we can do to remain “present” in our lives, even when our life may try to dictate the opposite. When one is “in the moment” and present with what they’re doing, they’re tapping into or “hacking” what a larger meditation practice will reinforce.

A few of my favorite mindfulness hacks:

1) Brushing Teeth – not while watching TV or checking my phone

2) Eating – not while reading or checking email

3) Stopped at Red Lights – not thinking about traffic or looking at my phone

4) Walking – not “in my head,” but observing all that is around me (aka “getting out of your head”)

I’ve found that with practice, these mindfulness hacks start to bleed into other aspects of life – if I can be “present” during everyday tasks (such as those described above), I start to learn other ways in which I can remain mindful throughout my day. Then when next I miss a meditation sesh, I have less anxiety / stress knowing I can still have the experience of being “present” throughout my day.

Below are a few helpful resources that also express this sentiment (and have aided my practice):

http://thespiritscience.net/2015/12/20/7-common-habits-that-mindful-people-share/
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/feel-happy-and-stress-free-7-simple-tips-to-stay-in-the-now/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/habits-mindful-people_n_5186510.html

Blessings on blessings,

Sean

About The Author

Mental Gymnastics is supported by a collection of like-minded individuals who have daily happiness practices. They will lend their expertise in various facets of life over time, sharing how and what they've implemented in their lives to achieve a sustainably happy life. Mental Gymnastics was started by Sean Yoon McDevitt, who holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia (while competing as a Division 1 Swimmer), an MBA from the University of Oregon, and an International Association of Meditation Instructors Membership.

1 Comment

  1. Love the de-emphasis on TV, e-mail, and phone in particular. Pointing these 3 out demonstrates how easy it is to be “mind-locked” in technology all day if one wishes too. Keep the hacks comin’ 🙏🏻

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