In This Chapter
Knowing the essence of mindfulness
Discovering practical mindfulness exercises
Exploring tips for applying mindfulness in daily life
Mindfulness is simple in essence – it’s about cultivating present-moment awareness more than anything else – but the difficulty is in practising mindfulness consistently. This chapter gives you a series of short, easy ways of integrating the principles of mindfulness into your everyday life. Don’t underestimate their value – they may take relatively little time and seem overly simplistic, but many of these tips have been proven to be effective. Try them out for yourself and hold back your judgement until you’ve given the tools a try for at least a few weeks.
Having some quiet time every day is the most important tip I can give you. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of connecting with some form of mindfulness practice on a daily basis, preferably for ten minutes or more. By deliberately practising mindfulness every day, you strengthen your mind’s ability to be more aware and awake.
If you want to be more mindful, you need daily training, just as when ...