From an article found on DOYOUYOGA.com
1. Give thanks.
An attitude of gratitude is one of the greatest predictors of overall happiness. I have been keeping a list of “really good things” for years, and it has changed my life. Being mindful of what we are thankful for is also a great way to bring our attention to the moment and to what is in front of us.
Hence the “thankful thursdays”; this practice is wonderful for anyone struggling with depression from a traumatic accident, or just ANYONE! It’s all a state of mind.
2. Notice details.
Notice the scent of your partner’s shampoo, the colour of the sky, the smell of the rain of the earth beneath your feet. Feel the solid ground and the texture of the sand or the grass. Notice the air on your skin, the texture of a petal. Stop and smell the flowers, literally.
Be aware, and appreciative, even of the little things in life. As in photography, another form of art that I intend on practicing; it’s all about attention to the little things often missed.
3. Savour food.
Eating is a joy and a necessity! However, preparing meals can often feel like a chore, and we eat in a rush. Try slowing down and savouring the experience. Prepare food with love, then sit down to eat and really taste your food. Doing the dishes brings the meal to a complete end.
We can all be foodies in this way! Again, its about the appreciation of the process, and the end result. I try to cook dinner with my husband most of the days, it’s fun, an activity we both enjoy, and ultimately brings us closer. Now that’s therapeutic recreation! Even if I’m feeling a little down, preparing sugar cookies, or another tasty treat, helps me to not only get my problems off my mind, but also feel productive.
4. Celebrate moments.
Be in each moment completely. If you are sitting with your partner, turn off your phone and be there. If you are reading to your kids, do so without running your to do list through your head. When you are at work, focus on your tasks wholly, without wishing you were somewhere else. When you’re not at work, let go of all the stuff that’s waiting to be done. Be present. Celebrate each moment.
It’s the mindset of yoga, to be fully present, to be in the moment. Only when we clear our minds of everything else do we tend to really enjoy what is happening. We only live once, this moment is quickly gone, and what a waste to think that this could have been so much more.
Plus, I find it really helps with my ADD to focus fully on the one task at hand. If really having a problem focusing try repeating to yourself the task, (like empty the dishwasher) and you’ll find yourself feeling much more productive if you just stick with it.
5. Be loving.
Love is the magic ingredient in everything, so give love in all that you do. Work with a loving heart and take loving steps towards your dreams. And love, love, love your people. Through giving love, you’ll feel your heart expand.
Love makes the world go ’round. Just remember to love with your whole heart in all that you do, and it will always be enough.