This simple process, once practiced, can also provide a ‘mindful’ moment to reflect on what just happened, see alternative points of view, solutions and outcomes. It can also keep a little cool on the heat of the situation… so that we can get through a challenging moment and simply “Chill out”!
Trying to achieve a more mindful approach to life can help us with a calmer baseline so that when the proverbial poo hits the fan we are at a better place to deal with it. Mindfulness can be serene or practical. Serene mindfulness is experienced when we stop to smell the roses, literally, or feel the sun on our face while taking a moment to watch a seagull simply gliding along to nowhere. The next time you are driving, while being mindful of the road, try really looking around while driving as though you were hiking or bicycling, taking in all the scenery and not visually trapped to the confines of the car’s interior limits of the dashboard. You may start to see things you never noticed before and just find some inner peace. Try taking the slower lane and ask yourself if you really need to get there a few frustrated minutes earlier? Is this truly a need or a want?