Where do you start?
Anywhere! For mindfulness to strengthen, you simply need to do it. Slow down, notice your breathing, choose something to focus on, and as your mind wanders elsewhere, gently bring it back. Do that, and you are being mindful. You can practice anywhere. Try being mindful as you walk to work or meetings, between shifts or plays, or anytime you are feeling a bit stressed. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and we do not want it to be daunting. You can be more mindful informally, just by paying better attention.
Why use a mindfulness program?
For some people (ourselves included), we find it helpful to have someone talk to us about what to do when we are learning new skills. And that is what these scripts are for.
We suggest you try them in a quiet place without distractions initially, so you have the chance to grow the skill. And then, once you have been practicing mindfulness for awhile, you will find it easier to do anywhere, regardless of what is happening around you.
Once you practice mindfulness, you will notice that you are able to be more present, feel a bit lighter, focus more, be in better control of your mind, and be more in charge of bringing your head back on target.
Here is what we know. If you practice mindfulness 10 to 12 minutes each day for about 5 days a week, you will benefit. And mindfulness, however, whenever, and wherever you practice it, will help. Here is what we also know, anything will help. And you just need to get started.