Wake up, repeat. Chances are, you’ll really get the hang of living with purpose and existing in the now—and you never had sit on a meditation pillow to get there after all.
Wake Up Slowly
Your first opportunity to have a mindful moment is first thing in the morning. Try this challenge: when you wake up, don’t open your eyes right away. Keep them closed and just be aware of how you feel waking up. Take a few deep breaths. Listen to the sounds outside.
Practice Personal Care Mindfully
Your personal care routine is a pretty ideal time to achieve some meditative bliss. In the shower alone, there are so many opportunities to become enveloped in sensory stimulation, like enjoying the aroma of your shampoo or appreciating the feeling of warm water trickling down your skin.
Clean With Purpose—Or Not
If meditation seems like a chore, cleaning might not be one of your favorite activities either. But hey, it’s gotta be done, so you might as well reap some wellness benefits from it. One study found that washing dishes mindfully (noticing the feel of the dishes, the warm water, and the scent of the soap) could decrease nervousness and increase mental inspiration. What a way to practice the art of letting go.
Create a Bedtime Ritual
First, pick a time to hit the hay that generally works for your lifestyle and try to stick to that each night. Get ready for bed the same way every time. That could look like this: brush teeth, wash face, moisturize, drink water, silence phone, read a book (a real one rather than an e-reader), and slip into slumber (aka a built-in eight-hour savasana). Simple, right?