New habits are born from small, consistent steps. Each month of my mindfulness project will have a focus, a small daily task designed to get me out of my head and more into the present moment.
The first month is dedicated to the act of simply noticing, a small, but powerful step in discovering a more mindful life.
“The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” ~Earon Davis
Mindfulness means paying attention in a new way. We spend so much of our day busy watching out for what lies ahead that we don’t take the time to enjoy what is right in front of us.
So notice one new thing every day and write it down.
Notice something new about a person, a place, the way something tastes, a birdsong, a blooming flower, anything new, each and every day. It doesn’t have to be something big, it can be the way the grocery story clerk smiled and said good morning or taking a moment to notice how well your coffee tastes rather than mindlessly drinking it down while catching up on email.
Write this one small act of noticing in a small notebook or on a notes app on your phone. Noticing that one new thing pulls you out of your head and into the present moment plus writing it down takes you one step further allowing you to reflect and be thankful for this one new thing you took the time to notice in your day.
Beginning to journal can be a daunting task, but you only need to write a few thoughts or words down for each day. I’m currently using a page in my day planner where I scrawl a few words or sentences to describe what I’ve noticed today. This is very similar to a gratitude practice, but more focused on experiencing the moment rather than reflecting on the things you are thankful for at the end of the day. Hopefully this small daily task will turn into a fun game of what new things can I notice today.