Updated: Oct 24, 2020
It takes a certain level of intention to be unplugged, to peel away from our screens, to pause the busyness of our day to day and devote ourselves to the slow and simple things.
We too quickly forget about all we have in search for the constant more. We rarely take the time to declutter or even to simply savor a meal. Numerous studies show that people who focus on the experience of the present moment are far happier than those who are constantly multi-tasking.
Practicing a lifestyle of mindfulness, simplicity and thankfulness helps to remind us of all the beauty in our present life and keep us from piling meaningless things and activities into our routines.
It’s important to remember, and to celebrate, that we all have different brains and will all have unique responses to mindfulness practices. Some of us have brains that are wired with higher interoceptive abilities (easily feeling direct sensations in the body), and some are wired to easily see visual imagery in our mind’s eye. Some of us may have visceral reactions to certain sense-awareness practices, possibly being overloaded by auditory stimulation, or physical sensations such as the tactile feeling of clothing on our skin, or the feeling of our breath in our chest.
The big take-away for all of us is that if you are not getting somewhere in a certain meditation practice, you’re not doing it “wrong”—it may be just how you’re wired.