33 Reminders of How to Be a More Mindful Person.

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on May 23, 2013
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Next week, I’ll celebrate my 33rd birthday. It’s true what the old folks say… life just keeps getting better all the time. I find myself getting wiser, more self-aware, calmer, and more balanced as the moments, days and years pile up.

Not to be a Pollyanna, but I do believe, as the Zen saying goes—every day is a good day. Even the frustrating and difficult ones. Accepting the shadowy, negative, not-so-pretty aspects of our selves is what enables us to feel good and remember the glorious, gorgeous Buddhas that we all are, already and always.

Giving is better than getting. So, my gift to you are these 33 suggestions to bring more mindfulness to your days. May they be of benefit.

1. Sit, stand, walk, or lie down and meditate, because

“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment… It is a practice that at once transcends the dogma of religion and is the essence of religions.” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

2. Ground yourself in gratitude with simple breath awareness.

3. Feel your kundalini rising.

4. Embody peace through this lovely mantra meditation.

5. Don’t forget to forgive.

6. Send yourself and all beings good wishes and metta (lovingkindness).

7. Get out of your own way and cultivate compassion through Tonglen.

8. Make more eye contact.

9. Eat at least one meal slowly and mindfully today.

10. Go for a swim.

11. Take a hike.

12. Fly a kite.

13. Ride your bike.

14. Read anything by the Dalai Lama.

15. Or Thich Nhat Hanh.

16. Or Pema Chodron.

17. Or J. Krishnamurti.

18. Or Kate Bartolotta.

19. Hand write a letter to a faraway friend and mail it. It will mean so much more than an email or facebook message.

20. Try Judith Lasater’s  latest practice: when someone asks you if you need help with something, simply say “yes”. Even if you don’t. Just receive the help. Give yourself this gift.

21. Listen to classical music.

22. Or MC Yogi.

23. Press your palms together and give thanks for this moment, just as it is.

24. Donate to a microloan provider such as Kiva.org. A little of your pocket money can go a long way for someone in a developing nation.

25. Volunteer.

26. Face your fears and frustrations. Vent on paper. Write a page of stream of consciousness and get whatever’s on your mind out onto the page.

27. Read your horoscope.

28. Turn off the TV.

29. Listen to the crickets chirping, the cicadas singing, and the rain pattering on the roof.

30. Have a baby. Or hold a baby. Or, at least watch this beautiful baby video.

31. Get offline and go outside, for Pete’s sake!

32. Marvel at the perfection of a flower and the immense wisdom of a tree.

33. Gaze up at the sky and watch the clouds float by.

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Ed: Kate Bartolotta


About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a Gemini yogini, writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home since 2012 is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in a tiny eco cabin with her Colombiano partner and their adorable daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing this column for elephant journal since 2010 and has written some inspiring books, with more on the way. She leads yoga and mindfulness retreats and serves as the retreat managers for the stunningly beautiful Villa Sumaya on majestic Lago Atitlan. Her lineage is the very esoteric Yoga Schmoga, which incorporates hatha yoga asana, dharma (Buddhist) teachings, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga, mindfulness practices and meditation. Join Michelle on retreat in Guatemala!


7 Responses to “33 Reminders of How to Be a More Mindful Person.”

  1. Aww, Michelle! Thanks! I was reading this and getting ready to post this to Facebook and I saw #18. Totally honored. (And in great company.)

  2. yoga freedom says:

    Yay! Thanks, Kate!

  3. Lucy Ann Clark says:

    Excellent tips and motivation. Thanks for putting it all together and just what I needed.

  4. Lisa Kneller says:

    A great reminder to be more mindful! Thank you!

  5. Thanks for this list. Sometimes when things get hectic it is nice to have everything all in one place to refer to and seek grounding. I love how everything on this list is free, easily available and so simple. Thanks for sharing.

  6. lori Punko says:

    Wonderful, well thought out list. I hope you are able to take your own advise. (Smile)

  7. vickyyogalust says:

    This is an awesome post! Thank you so much <3 I Love MC Yogi! Big Love Vix xxx