Find Work-Life Balance
April 19, 2017
Simple, Mindful Tips to Create Work-Life Balance
Most of us race through our lives. Some of us live lives of habituation. When we are unaware of our daily choices and responses, we are living mindlessly. We can become a zombie and lose consciousness of our precious life. We can find ourselves being “swept away” by the current of our thoughts, feelings, worries, fears and stresses.
When we live mindless lives of habituation we are not aware of our choices, addictions or the suffering we are creating in our lives and the lives of others. Mindfulness is essential for mental and physical health. When we learn to live mindfully, we learn to observe our behavior, thoughts, and reactions to the challenges in our lives. Mindful training teaches us to observe and be present in each moment with compassion and acceptance.
Listed below are some tips for you, your family, and coworkers.
- Mindfulness discussions. Set a time 2-3 times a week to begin discussing the concept of mindful living. Create a goal of doing a mindfulness practice each day.
- The breath. Your breath is your anchor, your connection to the source. When we live our hurried lives we breath shallow and quickly. When we rush we don’t breathe deeply into our lungs and fill them with air. We must have oxygen to feed our brain, our vital organs, and our body. Nourish your body, mind, and soul by beginning to breathe mindfully. Inhale mindfully and deeply to the count of 1-2-3-4 and exhale to the count of 1-2-3-4.
- The mindfulness game. Play a mindfulness game with your children or at work. Sit quietly and listen. Name all the things you hear. Who can hear the most sounds? Repeat this mindful exercise with your other senses. Have fun and be playful.
- A mindfulness walk. Each day, take a mindfulness walk with your family or your coworkers. Challenge each person to become aware of rocks, trees, flowers, animals, cars, smells, sights and different people.
- Eat mindfully. Rituals are rich with meaning and experiences we never forget. Meals are the perfect time to teach mindfulness at work and home. Begin your meal with silence and awareness of the precious food on your plate. Talk about the workers and processes involved in getting your food to your table. Create awareness of the color, smell, shape, texture of your food. Eat intentionally while chewing slowly and respectfully. Take a moment to thank the fish, cow, or chicken for their sacrifice and kindness to nourish you.
- Mindful emotions. Take time to do mindfulness exercises with your family and coworkers, inquiring how different emotions feel, physically and mentally. Mindfully experience love, anger, fear, hate, jealously, stress, grief, gratitude, and happiness. Share your feelings as you mindfully explore the power of your emotions.
- Mindful speech. Words are energy. They can heal or destroy yourself and others. Words begin as thoughts, then weave into our emotions and create our speech. Talk about mindful speech at home and work. Each of us can transform our lives when we learn to speak mindfully.