Can you imagine going through life where all food tastes the same and everything was gray? There is no distinction between sweet and sour, red versus blue, and no feelings of joyous moments or deep sadness. Imagine what a long and boring existence that would be. Opening yourself to the practice of mindfulness means living purposefully and opening your heart and soul to life’s experiences. Only by doing so can you truly experience all life has to offer. The practice on mindfulness can start small. I hope you will do this simple exercise with me. For the next 60 seconds, I want you to do the following:
- Step outside
- Close your eyes
- Take 5 deep breaths
- Focus on the smell of the air, the sun on your face, the sounds that surround you, the voices or silence of the moment
For 60 seconds, be totally present in the moment. Now open your eyes and think about how special that 60-second experience was. If you conduct this exercise each day starting with 60 seconds, you can grow in your mindfulness practice and you will find yourself becoming increasingly aware and appreciative of life’s smallest gifts. Mindfulness starts with the simple decision to live with purpose, gratitude, and intention.