Mindful Living for Modern Times

The fundamental principles of mindful living continue to be attention regulation, openness to present experience, curiosity, acceptance of the present moment, and nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, emotions, thoughts, and one’s environment. Stress reduction and an increased capacity to relax thus become nurtured.  

Create

Mindfulness and creativity go hand-in-hand: Mindfulness practice boosts creative thinking, while engaging, challenging creative work can get you into a state of heightened present-moment awareness.

If you want to become more mindful but are struggling with meditation or yoga, try engaging in your favourite creative practice. Whether it's baking, drawing, writing, singing, dancing or creating in some other way, see how your thoughts quiet down as you get into a state of flow.

Uni-Task

Multitasking is the enemy of efficiency. Most of us spend our days in a state of divided attention and near-constant multitasking, and it keeps us from truly living in the present. Studies have found that when people multitask, it takes them 50% longer to accomplish a task and they are 50% more likely to make errors.

Uni-task by focusing on one task completely for a given period of time, and then taking a break before continuing or moving on to another task. Set aside distinct times for checking emails or social media, and mute them while working on other tasks. Give your full attention to the task at hand, acknowledging that the other obligations and commitments in your day have separate blocks of time in which you can give them your full attention.