Merriam-Webster defines mindfulness as “a state of awareness”.
Being mindful allows us to observe our thoughts and feelings with no judgment on whether they’re good or bad. Mindfulness affords us the opportunity to experience the moment. Instead of letting life pass us by, we need to “stay woke and present”.
An easy way to begin the process is The “Notice-Shift-Rewire (NSR) strategy developed by Eric Latgshur and Nate Klemp PhD of Mindful, healthy mind, healthy life.
*Notice: become aware of our attention. In most cases, we’ll find that our attention is “mind wandering”
*Shift: redirect our attention to the present by focusing on our breath, sounds around us, sensations in our body or even something that we’re grateful for.
*Rewire: finally take 15 to 30 seconds to relish the experience and to reinforce the shift in our mind and thinking.
The beauty of Notice-Shift-Rewire (NSR) is that it can be done anywhere and at anytime. It can be used as many times as needed, and it doesn’t take time out of the day. Use NSR during a shower by listening to the sounds and sensations of the moment; when waiting for something or someone use NSR to enjoy the fact that you’re alive!