Present Moment Awareness is The Easiest Mindfulness Technique Ever
Mindfulness does not require sitting on a special pillow with your eyes closed for hours on end or listening to a guided meditation droning on in your ear. In fact, there is an anchor to the present moment that is with you all the time. You can be fully present as you move through the minutiae of your life: walking, talking, and being here now. The easiest mindfulness technique is savoring.
As a Denver therapist and life coach, among other things, I remind my clients of this often. This mindful movement meditation is not only a great way to get out of a funk, but it can also make you feel happier almost instantly.
Savoring, A Mindfulness Technique You Take With You Anywhere
When we savor something, it means that we are fully present with it and appreciative of the experience. The opportunity to savor is available to us in the smallest, simplest of moments. Inhaling the aroma of your tea before you take a sip, noticing the quality of the light as you drive, and appreciating the taste of your lunch are all rock-solid anchors to the present.
An easy mantra to remember is: “this is the present moment, this is a precious moment.” You can think of this phrase while cooking dinner, walking to your car, stretching at your desk, or falling asleep at night. The beauty of mindfulness is that it has no bounds.
The opposite of savoring is the numb blindness that occurs when we rush through our days, barely aware of the sights, sounds, and smells of our lives. It’s effortless to become trapped in the yammering chatter of our minds: visualizing things that happened in the past, planning and anticipating things that haven’t happened yet, and listening to the running commentary of our minds. This inward focus occupies our entire attention, and we miss the humble beauty, the safety, and the pleasures that are available to all of us, in every moment. By using the mindfulness technique of saving, we create a good place for ourselves mentally.
Savoring: The Meditative Mind
Savoring IS being here, now. Opportunities to savor are all around you, all the time. Noticing and appreciating the reflection of the clouds, a puddle, breathing in the fresh breeze, and enjoying the experience of your healthy body are only a few of the transcendent experiences you might have between the time you roll the shopping cart out of the store and arrive back to your car.
Intentionally savoring puts you back in contact with the present moment, and the beauty of life. Challenge yourself to savor just a few things today fully, and notice what happens when you do. You’ll quickly realize that when you are present with your experience, and savoring it, the chatter in your mind stops. The mental movies go dark, and your inward gaze turns outward again — reconnecting you with the moment you’re in. Allow yourself to regain your inner peace.
Life is a beautiful gift, always available for your pleasure. Enjoy it.
xoxo, Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self. She is a licensed psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a board-certified coach, as well as the author of “Exaholics: Breaking Your Addiction to Your Ex Love,” and the host of The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast.