By Alana Cheyne
Do you ever have such a stuffy nose that you can't taste your food properly? You go through the motions of chewing, swallowing and digesting, but with little pleasure or satisfaction. Well, that's exactly how many of us experience our lives-on autopilot, failing to process the richness and abundance contained within each present moment. The result? A life that feels diluted and joyless. But here's the good news-by practising greater mindfulness, we can bring the magic back to everyday life. Check out these 8 tips for getting the most out of your moments.
- Focus on one thing at a time. In our increasingly hectic lives, multi-tasking has become a badge of honour. We try to maximize our productivity by juggling a million things at once-helping the kids with homework while making dinner and checking our phones while doing, well, pretty much everything. Sometimes multi-tasking is a necessity, but for the most part it simply fragments our focus, increases stress, and reduces our enjoyment of any given task. Whenever possible, try to begin a task and commit to it wholeheartedly. Experience every aspect and see it through to completion before beginning another. This is true of eating, too. Often we're already anticipating the next bite before we've finished the first one! Try shining a focused light of awareness into every moment. You'll accomplish a lot (no frustrating loose ends!) and feel much less frazzled at the end of the day.
Our breath is our very life force. Focusing on our breath is one of the best ways to reconnect to our bodies in the present moment.