Mindfulness is officially mainstream with more magazines like Time and newspapers such as the New York Times that claim that mindfulness add more meaning to our lives. Scientific articles agree and more people are practicing meditation than ever before. Ask anybody that has a regular meditation practice and they will tell you how much their minds, and lives have changed since they started. It only takes a few minutes a day and it's easy to do!
Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in specific way, that is in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgmentally and open-heartedly as possible.
There are different ways to practice Mindfulness. You don't just have to sit. You can make your coffee attentively. You can listen to your friend without thinking of what to say next. You can plant a tree. Or, you can sit. Here's how:
There are many meditation apps you can use, my personal favorite is Insight Timer. There are many different guided meditations you can practice, or just use the timer. You have the option to add a friend and you get stars when reaching a goal, ie if you meditate for 10 days etc.
The breath is easy to relate to. Everybody has a breath.
Awareness is lead from one point of the body to the other. Experience deep relaxation.
Label your experience of sound, body sensation, thoughts and use the breath as the anchor.
Express well wishes to yourself, loved ones, strangers and people you have difficulty with.
Let me know how it goes by commenting below.