Not too long ago, I took part in a 21 Days to Mindfulness Challenge with a group of friends. The idea was to commit to a specific reflection each day for a total of 21 days. Every day we would check in with each other in order to stay accountable. It was s such a great way to stay connected to like-minded friends all trying to reach the same goal. The Challenge was such a success, and in just 21 days we had created some great new habits that became effortless because we were constantly reinforcing them every day. Not only were these new good habits, but the act of being mindful and aware in the present moment became spontaneous. To keep the momentum going, I created another challenge that you can start at any time. This is a great way to jump-start a new mindfulness practice, or renew one already in place.
Is it Possible to Create Mindfulness Each Day?
Short answer– yes. Long answer– I’m a firm believer in the saying “fake it ’til you make it,” because each day that you apply continuous effort toward your goal, eventually it will be become a reality. Case in point–creating happiness. You might not be happy with your life, your job or a given situation, but you can play the part. What I mean by that is, just keep going. Keep a smiling face. Apply the strategies that I show you, even if you can only do them for two minutes. Try your best to have a positive attitude RIGHT NOW.
That faux smile will eventually become a genuine heart-felt smile. Trust me, this works. What do you have to lose? Just your unhappiness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a state-of-mind that allows you to fully experience the present moment. It enables you to see a given situation how it really is while you gain a deep sense of peace. Mindfulness can be achieved in a few ways– through contemplation on a specific object, such as one of the topics covered in this Challenge. Then, engaging in meditation after contemplation. These are proven methods, but the only way to know if they work is to try them for yourself.