Speakers have speeches to rock, flights to book, emails to return, prospects to call, blog articles to write, books
to finish and products to develop. And
let’s not forget staying connected with
family, friends and colleagues. In this
fast-paced world, we’re realizing that
we’re simply going through the
motions of life as we move from task to
task, checking off our to-do list, rehashing past mistakes, and focusing on
goals. We are not living in the moment.
Being present, in the moment, is the
only way to enjoy life to the fullest.
Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed
with breast cancer at the age of 30.
Since that time, I’ve worked hard at
being present and living in the moment.
I practiced mindfulness even when I
didn’t know what mindfulness meant.
Some days, it’s been easier said than
done—because life happens and we all
have hard days. Our profession can be
stressful. Our lives can be overwhelming. But learning to live in the moment
each day is important to your emotional well-being and allows you to be
healthier, happier and more productive
on stage and at home.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means being present in the
moment without distraction, and sepa-
rating yourself from your own thoughts
and feelings without judgment. We live
in this moment. This exact moment
will never happen again. We get lost in
our senses—a taste, a smell, a feeling, a
touch. We accept our feelings without
labeling them as right or wrong in any
given moment. We don’t allow our past
or our future rob us of our present. Let
go of the “what if’s” and “only if’s.”
There are myriad benefits to practic-
ing mindfulness. Mindfulness trains your
body to thrive, boosts creativity, reduces
stress, increases focus and improves rela-
tionships. And although mindfulness is
something we all possess, there is a way
to ensure we are practicing mindfulness
effectively on a daily basis.
Here are some easy things you can
do daily to practice mindfulness in your
own life, at home or on the road.
1|Make Time for You Without Guilt You simply
can't give to others if you have nothing
left to give. At times, we are so focused
on taking care of everyone and everything else that we simply have nothing
left for ourselves. We are depleted, exhausted and maybe even a bit cranky.
Being mindful means finding time for
yourself. Give yourself the time and space
to truly be present. Mindfulness does not
require any special equipment. All you
need is to set aside time and space.
TIP: Find five minutes a day to sit in
silence. I know that’s hard for many of us
to be comfortable with silence, but try it.
Be still. Just be. Silence is a powerful tool.
Listen to your body and your breath.
Become aware of your thoughts. Notice
sounds and the world around you.
2|Start Your Day Right Breathe in and out. Notice your
breathing and the rise and fall of your
belly. Exercise. Meditate. Drink water.
And then check your phone and email.
Many of us have this backward. We get
up and the first thing we do is check
our phones or turn on the news. How
you wake up in the morning has a direct impact on the rest of your day.
TIP: Instead of grabbing the phone to
check email or clicking the TV remote,
open your eyes, take some deep breaths,
stretch and try some of the things listed
above. Get in a morning routine that
works for you. Be consistent. No
excuses. This will set you up for an
awesome and productive day where
you are more mindful and connected.
3|Be Patient Patience is hard to find when your flight has
been cancelled and you are waiting in
line to find another flight. Patience is
hard to find when you are on the
phone with tech support because your
website has crashed. Patience is hard
to find when you are stuck in traffic or,
heaven forbid, are in line at the DMV.
Many moments in your life are spent
waiting for something. While you wait,
notice how you feel. Are you angry,
agitated or annoyed? Are you breathing
faster? Are your teeth or fist clenched
a bit? What can you do?
TIP: The next time you find yourself
waiting, notice your emotions, and recognize that you are becoming impatient. Pay attention to your feelings,
your mind and your body. Take a deep
breath. Then, ask yourself this question: “Is there anything I can do to
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