By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle
The three key points to living Yoga on and off the mat are Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Happiness. In last month’s article, the focus was Gratitude. This month, let’s look at how Mindfulness can change how you live your daily life.
Mindfulness is a way of being that helps you feel more aware, present, focused, and accepting of yourself. It’s being Aware of your environment and the people surrounding you; it’s also being Aware of how you walk, talk, eat, sit, stand, and do almost everything. People who are Mindful will be able to reduce anxiety, live in the present, and increase their overall well-being.
- When you are walking down the street or in your home, listen to your footsteps. Are you stomping your feet when you walk or are you placing them gently on the walkway in front of you?
- How about when you are speaking to others? Being Mindful or Aware would mean that your voice is soft and calm. When you are speaking to yourself, you speak kindly and graciously; when addressing others, be aware of how they are feeling and speak to them accordingly.
- Focus your attention on the present moment. While eating, chew your food slowly and taste all the different flavors. When you are reading a book, feel its weight and texture and turn off your cell phone so you can really get the most out of the reading.
It’s easy to become blown away by the whirlwind that is modern life. There is just so much we all have to do. But with a little Mindfulness, you can find a calm and self-accepting way of being, and become the eye of the storm.
“Don’t Just Look… OBSERVE. Don’t Just Swallow… TASTE. Don’t Just Sleep… DREAM.
Don’t Just Think… FEEL. Don’t Just Exist… LIVE!”
Claire Diab is an internationally recognized yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on yoga including “Yoga for Firefighters.”
Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.