6 Simple Steps to Being More Mindful



Mindfulness is a major buzzword these days, representing a state of living in the moment that many of us aspire to even as we berate ourselves for spacing out, forgetting something, or wasting time on our phones. We tend to think of mindfulness as a difficult pursuit requiring time, commitment, and maybe even new clothing or a special cushion. But none of that is necessary. Mindfulness is possible for all of us, even if we can’t take two weeks off for a silent retreat.

The first step is to understand what’s meant by mindfulness: It’s about choosing to pay attention to the present moment in a curious and nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness calls on us to notice when our thoughts have drifted to the past or wandered into the future, and when we are regretting, fantasizing, or worrying rather than engaging with what is right in front of us. Each time we are able to step away from the pinball game in our mind and focus on the present, we give ourselves the best possible chance to make the best possible choice, whatever that may be.

And the best thing? When we (inevitably) forget to pay attention, it doesn’t mean we’ve failed. There is no way to fail at mindfulness, which is one of its many gifts. What it does mean is that we have another chance to step back into the present moment, but only if we notice that our mind has wandered in the first place.

The most effective way to get better at noticing when you’ve left the present moment is to practice mindfulness in small ways as often as you can. Here are six simple tips to get you started:

Start when it’s easy. Many people get interested in mindfulness as a way to deal with stress or difficult situations, and this is a great idea. However, trying to be mindful for the first time in the middle of a crisis is a lot like trying to score the game-winning goal when you’ve never gone to a single practice. Don’t make it harder for yourself! Start with the pleasant moments, and you’ll be ready to deal with life’s challenges when they come your way.

Pay attention to something you do every day. A great way to start is to pick one or two activities you do every day – such as brushing your teeth, riding the bus to work, or reading a book to your children at bedtime – and get in the habit of paying attention to what you’re doing. Your mind will wander, possibly within a few seconds, but don’t sweat it. Just bring your attention back to your teeth or the book.

Approach situations with curiosity. If you’re not sure how to respond to a situation, or if you’re feeling frustrated in ways that aren’t helpful, try getting curious about what is happening instead. You can’t be angry and interested at the same time. It just doesn’t work that way. Not only will your curiosity help you get out of a difficult headspace, but it will likely help you gain a little more clarity so you can make the most informed choice about how to move forward.

Remember the four T’s. Those stand for: transitions, teatime, toilet, and telephone. I’ve expanded on this idea from Meena Srinivasan, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom. Each time you are moving from one activity to the next, drinking tea or coffee, using the bathroom, or checking your phone, take a couple deep breaths and come back to the present moment.

Breathe whenever you can. Breathing is a key mindfulness practice because it is something we always do out of necessity, and it’s also a good way to bring our awareness back to the here and now. Taking three or four deep breaths (and paying attention to them) at any given moment can help you calm down and focus.

Ground yourself physically. If concentrating on your breathing isn’t quite enough, sit down and notice how the chair feels under your body. Put your hands flat on the counter or a table, and notice how the hard, cool surface feels. Keep a small stone handy and run your fingers across it. These and similar actions will bring your awareness into the present.

Read more seleni.org/advice-support/2018/3/21/6-simple-steps-to-being-more-mindful

St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid

By C.L. Polk

All magical requests come with a price. A girl with witchcraft, no friends, and only her mother’s bees to confide in will pay whatever’s necessary to keep the girl she loves safe.

I was somebody’s firstborn child, the price somebody paid for gold and a spotlight. I was made to be given away to a woman with the wisdom of the bees. Mama sends me to school with perfect braids plaited up tight, buys me new clothes each spring and each fall, and though she wards me against sickness, accident, or ill-wish, she doesn’t love me.

No one has ever loved me, not for my whole life.

Jefferson carries my schoolbag and my lunch (but never my book) and helps me inside Mama’s white-walled, tail-finned Cadillac, my kid-gloved hand nested in his big brown one. Every day we drive along the avenue that borders the park for miles. Mama’s bees gather and fly, greeting every flower with a kiss.

I watch the other side of the street, walled with buildings where the wealthy live. Their big windows gaze at the wilderness in the middle of a maze of concrete and steel. A lone figure walks in the building’s shadows, and I lurch over the front seat to tap Jefferson’s shoulder.

“You see that girl? Pick her up. She’s in my class.”

“Miss l’Abielle don’t pay me to be a school bus.”

“Have some mercy! Lucille’s my friend.” She could be my friend, if I stop in a big black car and ask her if she wants to ride with me. If I say just the right clever thing to her in school. If I say anything, anything at all.

Jefferson eases into the intersection. “We’ll be late.”

Lucille Grady walks on. One of her socks bunches around her skinny ankles. She lists to one side under the bulk of textbooks and composition books, the battered leather case holding her clarinet strapped to its bulk. A wisp of ebony-wood hair whirls from her head, floating upward against a breeze. Sunlight falls on her face, lighting it up gold as desert sand.

She is the smartest girl at Reardon Picking’s Youth Academy, and Mama would never let us be friends. As we pass I raise my hand, but she never looks at the car.

Zola holds the door open for me when I come home. I dash past her up the wide staircase, my soles thumping on the mezzanine’s carpet. The piano tinkles a snatch of Chopin as I grab the newel post and fling myself around it with unladylike haste.

Announced, I run all the way up to the fourth-floor working room and wait outside the entrance with my hands behind my back. The door swings open at Mama’s word, closing behind me with a click.

Mama wears an apron over a yellow frock with tiny hand-tucked pleats. Her hair’s set in beauty-parlor waves, and her nails are pale pink shells. She wields a pestle in a wide marble bowl and casts her frowning eyes on me.

“Is that how a young lady climbs stairs?”

“No, Mama.”

“Do I have to send you downstairs to do it again?”

“No, Mama. Sorry, Mama.”

I wrinkle my nose and sort through the scents of rosemary, lemongrass, the soapy smell of lavender, the earth-dark smell of valerian. The pestle’s scrape as it crushes dried herbs makes my scalp smooth out and my eyelids droop.

I shake my head to clear the spell from my senses. “Who’s having nightmares, Mama?”

“Fetch the jar of passion flower.”

“I’m right? You’re making sleepwell?”

“Theresa Anne, you could tell sleepwell when you were five.” She points at the center table. “Tell me what you see in those cards.”

Cards lie in a cross on a square of saffron-yellow silk. Diamonds: ace and ten. The deuce of clubs, the lady of spades, and at the bottom, the eight of hearts. “Money coming from gossip from a visitor, and that invites talk about a woman.”

“What woman?”

I squint at the queen. “Dark hair. Dark eyes. She’s not married. She’s a widow, but she’s not married. It’s you, Mama.” The ten of diamonds becomes a narrow building, the red shapes somebody’s windows. “The money’s in a house.”

Mama hmphs and sticks her hand out. “Where’s my passionflower?”

“But you asked me to—”

She snaps her fingers, stilling my tongue. “The passionflower.”

It isn’t fair. I stomp to the corner shelves, the wheeled step-stool rattling before my angry toes. The passionflower’s on a shelf over my head, drowsing in a deep brown glass jar.

She taps the other jars on the counter, her long pink nails tapping on the tin lids. “Put these away.”

I can move and talk at the same time. I pick up the jar of French lavender and shake it. “Mama, can you tell Jefferson to stop and give my friend a ride to school?”

“Your friend?” she cuts a glance at me. “What’s her name?”

“Lucille Grady.”

“What do her folks do?”

“I don’t know.”

“Tell your friend to tell her mother to call on me.”

I cover up my heavy stomach with the jar. “They don’t live up here.”

“They don’t?” Mama huffs out a breath. “Her pa’s a factory man.”

Not good enough for me, she means. Or else Lucille’s mama wouldn’t be caught dead on our doorstep, to chat and take tea with the lady neighbors speak of with caution. “Can you please tell Jefferson to stop for her?”

“Not without speaking to her mama first. You tell her at school.”

I can’t do that when I never even say hi to her in the halls. It isn’t fair.

“Fix your face, Theresa Anne.”

“But it’s just a ride—”

“Enough. Go upstairs and tell the bees someone’s coming.” She flicks another glance at the cards. “And do your schoolwork. If you have to waste your years with that, least you can do is your best.”

The bees come home at teatime. They dust pollen on my hands, track it along the straight rows of my braids, then light on a dish filled with tumbled agates and fresh water to drink their fill. The hives dot the rooftop, surrounded by flowers and herbs that shouldn’t grow here, but under Mama’s hands, they do. I sit at a table next to the glass dome that fills the stairwell with light, the surface sparkling clear after a washing. Sunlight passes through the glyphs of protection painted on every crystal-cut pane with blessed water, pouring good fortune and safety inside.

“Lucille got three perfect scores today,” I tell the worker sister on my knuckle. I consult the textbook and copy another line in my composition book. “I did too. But Lucille’s already read a hundred books, and I’m only on ninety-eight.”

The worker sister flexes her wings, listening. The bees always listen to me.

“I need to think of the perfect thing to say to her.” I don’t ask for the wit to say the right thing, or the charm to make her notice me, but my tongue aches with the unspoken wish. I may talk to the bees all I like, but I must never utter a desire in their presence.

Read more https://www.tor.com/2020/02/05/st-valentine-st-abigail-st-brigid-cl-polk/

13 Important Insights Learned on My Journey To Finding, Choosing, Creating and Building my Fastlane Business.

Like you, the Millionaire Fastlane  book changed my life.

Before reading the book, I thought all the business ideas I came up with were amazing.

It wasn’t until I ran them through CENTS that I realized I needed a MAJOR reality check about what was REALLY going to lead to a liquidation event, and finally allow me to live the life I have dreamed about.

MJ’s book finally allowed me to dump my brain of all the ineffective business ideas that were only going to waste my time and keep me feeling trapped and frustrated in the circle I was living in.

In this post below, I want to share some important things I have learned on my journey to finding a fastlane vehicle that adds a ton of value, and scales to millions without violating the fastlane commandments CENTS.

Hopefully the lessons and insights below will help you on your fastlane journey. Enjoy!

1) Get Your Mind Right

If you really want to build a fastlane business that leads to a liquidation event, you first must get your mind right. Without the right mindset, you will literally sabotage your success before you even get started.

Let me explain.

Instead of avoiding these things while building your fastlane business, change the way you think about them.

Here let me help you do that…

Failure = Feedback
Making Mistakes = Learning what doesn’t work so you can get closer to learning what works

Ask any entrepreneur what their biggest failure was when they were building their multi-million dollar venture…and then ask them what they learned from that failure that made them a milti-millionaire.

You may be surprised at their answer, but it will give you the context and necessary distinctions you need to make your venture a success. Ideally it is best to ask entrepreneurs in the industry you choose to build your fastlane business in to get the best guidance and help (more on that later).

SIDENOTE: I am sure @MJ DeMarco would be more than willing to share where he screwed up and failed while building limos.com. Have you ever thought about asking him?

Many people let failure stop them dead in their tracks, which is why so many people choose to slave away at a 9-5 job without creating any leverage in their life. These people let the possibility of failing even stop them from starting anything. The fear paralyzes them and keeps them stuck in their ho hum 9-5 life.

Now this doesn’t mean having a job while building your fastlane business is a bad thing. Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you gotta do at the start of your fastlane business to pay bills and eat…but you should never lose sight about your purpose for having a job while building your dream.

Another big thing I want to share that relates to “getting your mind right” is STOP BEING A VICTIM!

If you f*cked up and got yourself in a crappy situation…OWN IT.

Blaming others for your problems solves NOTHING!

There is nothing I hate more than seeing someone who is always making excuses for why their life sucks. Take some responsibility for your life, and do what you have to do to to make progress, and get into a situation that serves you and you building your fastlane business.

The next thing about getting your mind right that I want to share is… COMMITMENT!

This is by far one of the biggest “mindset shifting” things that I have had to learn the hard way.

Read more https://www.thefastlaneforum.com/community/threads/13-lessons-learned-while-building-my-fastlane-business.51315/

Developing Resilience: Overcoming and Growing From Setbacks

By Mind Tools

According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it’s easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park.

In spite of struggling with “failure” throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him. All of these “failures,” which are reported to be in the tens of thousands, simply showed him how not to invent something. His resilience gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century, such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture.

It’s hard to imagine what our world would be like if Edison had given up after his first few failures. His inspiring story forces us to look at our own lives – do we have the resilience that we need to overcome our challenges? Or do we let our failures derail our dreams? And what could we accomplish if we had the strength not to give up?

In this article, we’ll examine resilience: what it is, why we need it, and how to develop it; so that we have the strength and fortitude to overcome adversity, and to keep on moving forward towards our dreams and our goals.

The Importance of Resilience

Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward.

According to the research of leading psychologist, Susan Kobasa, there are three elements that are essential to resilience:

  1. Challenge – Resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. They look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from, and as opportunities for growth. They don’t view them as a negative reflection on their abilities or self-worth.
  2. Commitment – Resilient people are committed to their lives and their goals, and they have a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Commitment isn’t just restricted to their work – they commit to their relationships, their friendships, the causes they care about, and their religious or spiritual beliefs.
  3. Personal Control – Resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events that they have control over. Because they put their efforts where they can have the most impact, they feel empowered and confident. Those who spend time worrying about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless, and powerless to take action.

Another leading psychologist, Martin Seligman, says the way that we explain setbacks to ourselves is also important. (He talks in terms of optimism and pessimism rather than resilience, however, the effect is essentially the same.) This “explanatory style” is made up of three main elements:

  • Permanence – People who are optimistic (and therefore have more resilience) see the effects of bad events as temporary rather than permanent. For instance, they might say “My boss didn’t like the work I did on that project” rather than “My boss never likes my work.”
  • Pervasiveness – Resilient people don’t let setbacks or bad events affect other unrelated areas of their lives. For instance, they would say “I’m not very good at this” rather than “I’m no good at anything.”
  • Personalization – People who have resilience don’t blame themselves when bad events occur. Instead, they see other people, or the circumstances, as the cause. For instance, they might say “I didn’t get the support I needed to finish that project successfully,” rather than “I messed that project up because I can’t do my job.”

Read more https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/resilience.htm

10 Reasons Why Perseverance is Important

There’s an old saying that goes “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This captures the essence of perseverance. Even when things get hard – which they almost always do – perseverance pushes you to keep trying. Why is this a valuable trait to cultivate? Here are ten reasons:

#1 You need perseverance to reach your goals

All goals require effort. Sometimes, very little is needed, though most of the time, goals take quite a bit of work. You also need patience. There are very few good things in life that come quickly. Let’s use a dream job as an example. You will need certain qualifications and work experience. Getting there may require additional education, training, and also time. To stay the course, you need perseverance.

#2 Perseverance carries you through failures

Failure is a part of life. There are very few people who coast through unscathed, but even then, they are bound to come across a situation at some point that challenges them. Failing is an awful feeling. It’s natural to want to avoid that, but the only way to avoid failure is to never try anything. When you approach failure with perseverance, it’s easier to see it as a learning experience. Trying again – even when it’s risky – becomes another opportunity for growth.

#3 Perseverance encourages adaptability

Perseverance is based on trying again and again, but it also encourages flexibility. Perseverant people are also innovative people. They think outside the box in pursuit of their goals. They’re willing to admit when an idea isn’t working and they’ll try something new. This adaptability benefits every area of a person’s life and makes them more resilient in an inherently chaotic world.

Read more https://theimportantsite.com/10-reasons-why-perseverance-is-important/

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Be Kind to Yourself: How to Overcome Constant Distractions in Your Life

By Tonny Wandella

It’s one thing to live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with distractions. But it’s another to be unable to put up any kind of defence against them. Constant distractions make it hard for us to focus and stay on task and can lead to feelings of anxiety. If this sounds like you, don’t worry – you’re not alone! In this blog post, I’ll share some tips that will help you overcome constant distractions so that you can take care of what matters: yourself.

It is a common misconception that our generation has it easy. We have all these new technologies and distractions at our fingertips, but this can also make life difficult for us. Constant distractions from the internet, social media, video games, television – they are everywhere! In this blog post, we will explore some of the main causes of constant distraction in your life and how to overcome them.

How Do We Overcome These Constant Distractions?

So, how do we overcome these constant distractions? The first step is to put down what you’re doing and become aware of them. Once you’ve identified the distractions, it’s time to put a plan in place to deal with them. This can be hard, but it’s necessary if you want to focus on the task at hand. Here is what you can do to minimize the noise:

Put yourself in a state of a distraction-free mode

To stay productive, it’s important to establish a distraction-free work environment. One way of doing this is by creating a quiet space for yourself at home or in your office so you don’t have any external distractions that can pull focus away from what needs attention most urgently. Try utilising website blocker software if you find yourself continuously going to video or retail websites.
Work on developing behaviours that communicate to yourself and others that you are free of distractions. Your office door should be shut. If you work in an open workplace, you might find it beneficial to relocate to a more private area.

Take on more difficult tasks

Complex activities need more of our working memory and attention, leaving us with less mental resources to seek out the next interesting distraction. When our talents are tested, we are more prone to reach a state of total job immersion. When our talents much surpass the needs of our task, such as when we do monotonous data input for long hours, we become bored.

Keep an eye on your thoughts

This entails being aware of your thoughts and noticing when your mind begins to wander. This helps you to control what you think about and divert your thoughts if you make a mistake. You consciously put the brakes on this distraction rather than allowing yourself to continue strolling over to social media to read your newsfeed.

Final Thoughts

Controlling your stress will allow you to restore your attention and more easily combat distractions. To lessen the body’s stress reaction, you must discover strategies to quiet your mind and relax your body. Make certain you get adequate rest. Find techniques to control your anxiety by doing breathing exercises.

Build a Fortress For Your Mind.

If you refuse responsibility for building your own personal mental fortress you will pay dearly in later life. For you will be always at the whims and mercy of others desires, most of whom do not have your best intentions.

Creating your own personal philosophy can be a hard process to master; it will often feel futile and leave you feeling lost and inadequate. This is why the code of the conqueror framework exists. It distils wisdom and knowledge of centuries into a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to achieving a life on your terms.

But to be of true value you must put your own stamp upon it. Without acknowledging this simple fact you will be forever stuck in the swamp of life with others clinging to you to remain where you are.

Your life is precious; you are worth more than a bit part in someone else’s novel. Make the effort to understand why you do what you do and how you can improve upon the foundations of the code to build your impregnable fortress, one that will endure your lifetime.

Everyone returns to their own truth, now it is time to find yours.

You are conqueror of your life, it is time to be who you were born to be, now rise, and face your day.

Bet on Yourself, Not the Odds: How to Succeed Even When the Odds Are Against You

By Reece RobertsonViral Blogger and Content Writer | Addicted to freedom | Currently in New Zealand | Connect with me @ ReeceRobertson.net

You often hear about there being a 0.03% chance of getting into the NBA, that 20% of businesses fail in their first year, or that less than 1% of the global population are millionaires, but what does any of that actually say about you?

Because I can tell you that many people end up on the wrong side of those statistics before they even try. They believe they can’t live in their desired reality, which then becomes their reality in a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Whatever you focus on expands.

But what if you flipped the script? What if, instead of worry about all the downside and risks of pursuing your dreams, you got really curious about all the upsides?

What if instead of trying to predict the future, you got busy creating it?

This article is about exploring just that. Here go.

Let Go of Your Need to Predict the Outcome

“If you need the outcome to be certain in order to pursue a big dream, then you’ll never achieve it.” -Benjamin P. Hardy

At our current moment, many people want everything right now. They’ve lost their ability to be patient. They want to know that what they’re pursuing is a sure thing or they don’t do it.

Hence why so many students are still going to college despite drastic changes in the economy and the world of work. Said James Altucher,

“We’re in an idea-based economy and a skill-based economy, not a certificate-based economy”

Read more https://reece-robertson.medium.com/bet-on-yourself-not-the-odds-how-to-succeed-even-when-the-odds-are-against-you-c5cd7e46f846

Mark’s Why & The Great Bald Eagle.

We all need a reason ‘why‘, yet sometimes it can be kind of tough to pin point exactly what that ‘why’ is and what we really stand for.

Over the past year I have been mentored by an old school friend, Andy Harrington, and through several of his products the main emphasis has been centred upon finding ‘your true reason why‘. So I gave it a shot, I’ve been going around in circles for far too long, what did I have to lose. I tried scratching away at the surface and turned the clock back to 2004, when I longed to put my leadership, people skills and creativity to use in helping others reach a little higher and aspire to lead lives set on their terms.

But it didn’t truly answer my reason why.

Then I recalled many of my trials and tribulations when I visited hundreds of companies as a corporate charity fundraiser. Some days it was tough to say the least, people where unfriendly, sceptical and full of excuses of why a £4 a month donation would lead to their financial ruin. Other days it was a breeze, I meet kind hearted and warm people who would welcome me into their own environment, and regardless if staff had donated or not, I felt I had represented the charities to the best of my abilities.

Maybe it was just me and the way I presented myself on certain days, but the same patterns were forming in different workplaces every single time, this made me curious to say the least. If I visited a company in Norwich one week and then the same companies branch in Southampton the week after, the same attitudes and mannerisms would be identical. It was kind of scary how people are moulded into a corporate culture and systemised!

With the recession over I returned once more to the building industry; as much as my body protested. But still the desire to help others lead a life on their own terms had not been extinguished. Though I still had much work to do in finding my true reason why and in finding ‘my own people’.

My eureka moment! A story, a simple story with issues 🙂

A young Sioux Warrior stole a Bald Eagle egg from its nest, hesitant to show his father he hid it within the family’s chickens nest.He checked the nest every day in anticipation, but then tragedy struck when the young warrior drowned in a freak accident. Life would never be the same for the family, but life continues and the eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and though he felt different he was accepted and grew up with them.

Many of the Sioux children stared and made fun of the odd looking chicken, but no adults took any notice and left the eagle to do what reservation chickens do.

All his life he scratched the earth for worms and insects. He cackled and clucked with the loudest of them. And would beat his wings and fly a few feet in the air when boys threw stones at him. But he was content and just pleased not to be eaten like so many of his friends had been.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old.

One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless blue sky. It soared and soared before gliding majestically, with scarcely a beat of it’s powerful wings.

The old eagle looked up in awe. ‘Who’s that?’ He asked.

‘That is the great Bald Eagle,’ his friend replied in an instant. ‘He belongs to the sky. Not like us, we belong to the earth. We’re chickens.’

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

http://www.urconqueror.co.uk/marks-why.htmlMark’s Why – A 21st Century Crusade

The 8 Best Mindfulness Books of 2021

By Very Well Mind

Our Top Picks

Don’t Hate, Meditate! 5 Easy Practices

“The pick unpacks the five spiritual mindsets and offers up meditations and quizzes to help the reader learn more about themself.”

In Courage Journal: A Daily Practice for Self-Discovery

“Touching on everyday themes like stress and burnout, it also offers motivational excerpts, mantras, and affirmations.”

Go All In Journal

“With space for jotting down your long term goals and dreams, the journal’s meant to be written in every day.”

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

“Each day, Beattie offers up a new meditation that leads readers back to a place of compassion and mental well-being.”

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

“Written for those unfamiliar with meditation, this book breaks down the foundations of the practice in an understandable way.”

The Mind-Gut Connection

“A must-read for understanding how the brain and gut are connected, the author shares how to implement changes for better immunity.”

Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care

“Stiles preaches the importance of self-care, and shares her four-week detox for the body, mind, and spirit.”

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

“Ideal for those looking to get started with breath work, the author explains the history and offers several techniques.”

No matter what your day-to-day looks like, mindfulness can be a helpful tool to come back to calm and be more present. Defined, mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment—without judgement—rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. Generally, it involves focusing on certain senses wholly, like noticing your breathing or focusing on the feel of your feet on the ground, while being as focused on the moment as possible. 

If you’re looking to learn more about mindfulness and figure out how to implement it more regularly in your life, finding a book that explains different aspects could be extremely helpful. Also, worthwhile, as research shows that mindfulness can help improve our immunity response1 and reduce cell aging. With a little help from top experts, you may just find new ways to make the most of each day.

Here, the best mindfulness book options on the market.

Don’t Hate, Meditate! 5 Easy Practices

In this book, Meghan Monahan unpacks the five spiritual mindsets (presence, acceptance, intention, non-judgment, and trust) and how they are the key to unlocking happiness with your life. She also offers up themed meditations and quizzes to help the reader learn more about themself, in a fresh, friendly voice that feels like you’re catching up with a good friend. The 11 Best Books for Depression, According to an Expert

In Courage Journal: A Daily Practice for Self-Discovery

This book touches on a lot of themes that we deal with in everyday life, including stress, anxiety, burnout, and more. With excerpts offering motivation and encouragement for some of our most difficult moments, via mantras and affirmations, this is more than just a guided journal. Owners will be encouraged to complete prompts daily, with the overall goal to further process emotions, practice regular self-care, and be more attune to gratitude.The 10 Best Gratitude Journals of 2021

Go All In Journal

Start off your mindfulness practice with Rachel Hollis’ step-by-step guide meant to help you figure out exactly where you want to go. Start by doing some guided visualization work and jotting down your long term goals and dreams. Then, the book is meant to be written in every day.

Each morning, the journal asks you to focus on one of three things: gratitude, dreams for the future, and one big goal. For more guidance on your journey, Hollis offers up supplementary podcast episodes and information on her website. 

Read more https://www.verywellmind.com/best-mindfulness-books-5112702