🧘 How can I integrate mindfulness more into my daily life?
To a large degree, applying the teachings of mindfulness "off the cushion" is a matter of practice, and there are many ways we can support ourselves in remembering to be mindful as we go about our day. One is to choose discrete activities and commit to bringing our full attention to them each time we do them. For example, you might choose a set of stairs in your house, and commit to yourself that every time you use those stairs, you will do so mindfully, bringing your attention to the sensation of your feet on the steps, the feeling of your body as you move, etc.
More generally, we have an opportunity to bring our full attention to whatever we are doing in each moment, wherever we are. For instance, if you’re standing in line, you could pay attention to the contact of your feet on the floor. Or when you’re sitting, notice how your sitting bones feel on the cushion of the chair. You can periodically reconnect with your breath, even for just one inhalation or exhalation at a time, and let this be a touch point for mindfulness.
Another great way to bring mindfulness into our day is to incorporate walking meditation into any times that you're walking around from one place to another. It doesn't have to be the formal, slow kind of walking meditation practice that is sometimes taught in meditation centers, but the same principles can apply in how you ground the attention in the movements of the body as you're moving from place to place at a more natural pace of walking. You can also make it a point to open up your senses mindfully throughout the day, taking in sights or sounds with full awareness of seeing or hearing.
On the app, you might like to explore Alexis Santos's course On the Go, which has guidance on bringing mindfulness into daily activities like walking, driving, brushing your teeth, and the like. We also have a topic in the Singles tab titled On the Go, where you can find additional support for being mindful in daily life.