“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind,” says the pioneer behind the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
And why would you want to be mindful?
Well, it reduces anxiety. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has documented that the amygdala response, a.k.a. the fight or flight state, was reduced in those who went through a mindfulness-based stress reduction program.
Conversely, you could say that mindfulness increases calm and contentment. Yes, please!
Samira Far, writing in The Inc. Life, suggests you add mindfulness to your routine by anchoring it to a routine you have already established— your morning shower.
“Instead of being in your head about what you need to do the rest of the day, be in your body,” she advises.
What does the water feel like on your skin? What does the shower sound like? Pay attention to the scent of your soap. Notice the sensations in your arms, legs, or back each day. Consider what emotions you’re feeling each morning. Try not to label the emotions as good or bad. They just are.
And, voila, you’re now practicing mindfulness. As with yoga (and almost everything else), the more you practice the better you get at it. Move over power lunch. The power shower is here.