Intentional living is such an all encompassing movement and encorporates topics as varied as mindful eating, all the way to meditation & decluttering your clothes. But I like to break it down to three key areas. I’ve already covered time and physical spaces in part 1 & 2 and now we are up to the final component – mindset & mindfulness.
Each component is important in creating an intentional life. Decluttering your schedule first gives you the time & space to work on decluttering your home & improving your mindset. Keep in mind that not all mindfulness techniques will work for every person, so try experimenting to see what works for you.
Run Your Life – Tips For Beginning To Live Mindfully
Tip 1. Keep a to-do list or start morning pages. Getting down your thoughts first thing in the morning can help you relax and later prioritise and eliminate them, instead of running through the to-do list in your head over and over while you get ready for the day.
Tip 2. Engage your senses and practice being present in the moment. This is a quick technique that you can practice at any time of day. Run through your senses and notice what is around you, right here, right now. What can you see? What can you hear? What can you smell? What can you feel? What can you taste?
Tip 3. Filter your world. Be selective about who you follow on social media, who you are receiving emails & text messages from, what you are reading, which catalogues & magazines you are receiving. If an account you are following makes you feel terrible, or makes you always feel behind or lacking – unfollow!
Tip 4. Practice mindfulness when eating, shopping or performing tasks where you normally overindulge.Check in with yourself mentally. Are you still hungry? Do you really need that tenth black top? Take a moment to check in with yourself rather than unquestioningly running through your day on autopilot.
Tip 5. Try meditating, or sitting quietly without distraction. There are so many different types of meditation, find a few and see what works for you! The benefits of minimalism are becoming clear the more that this field is researched – meditation can actually change the way your brain works.
This wraps up my 3 keys to intentional living – but don’t be overwhelmed! Start with part one – decluttering your time, and gradually work through the steps. Intentional living isn’t an overnight, quick-fix transformation, but a gradual journey towards living progressively more and more awake & aware in all aspects of your life.