10 Ways to Bring Meaning to Your Life
My life always appears to be so hectic. It's as if I purposely overload myself with more things than I could possibly ever accomplish. As I'm going to sleep I think about all things I need to get done And when I'm awake during day I think about all things that need to get done. Take a shower, make coffee, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, go to work, etc... It's almost as if at end of day I can truly ask myself, "where did day go?" Enough of these and I can ask myself same questions in weeks, months, or even years!
So when I feel like these questions are coming up, I do some brief exercises that help bring me to present moment and remind myself that I'm living.
1. For 5 minutes: Whatever you are doing, just do it slightly slower. At work we are all given tasks to do. One time per day, for 5 minutes do that task a little bit slower. Do not do task in slow motion, or take breaks from task, simply do it a little bit slower.
2. Take 5 minutes at lunch to notice what you're eating. You can actually do this at an meal, or anytime you eat. You are going to notice what your food looks like, how it smells, feels, and tastes. As you pick up your food, notice texture of it, is it bumpy, smooth, wet? Notice what you smell. As you take it in your mouth notice how it feels in your mouth, notice tastes that are coming out of it, how your teeth break it down. As you swallow it, notice it going down your throat. Do same with drink.
3. Take 3 minutes to just sit and notice your breath. Sit in a place of your choice, could be behind your desk, or anywhere. Close your eyes. For 3 minutes simply pay attention to your breath. For these 3 minutes your breath gets your undivided attention. If you notice yourself thinking about something, even thought "why am I doing this stupid exercise", just notice that your're thinking that and then gently bring your attention back to your breath.
4. Wash Dishes. If you're not used to doing dishes, there will be many benefits to this one. As you begin to wash dishes, notice texture of plate and warmth of water on your hands. Inhale and notice if there is any scent. Listen to hear rush of water or any other sounds that are happening around you. Not only will you be able to practice being in moment, but many of your family and friends will be thrilled with you.