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Embracing Mindfulness Cultivating Present-Moment Awareness

by Martha Kein, MBA, E-RYT 500

April showers bring May flowers, and amidst the gentle rain and blooming beauty, it’s the perfect time to dive into the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness invites us to embrace the present moment with an open heart and curious mind. It’s a joyful practice of awareness that can bring a sense of clarity, joy, and inner peace to our lives. Let’s explore the art of mindfulness.

One powerful way to cultivate mindfulness is through breath awareness. Take a moment to notice the gentle rise and fall of the breath. As we inhale, feel the coolness of the air entering our nostrils. And as we exhale, notice the warmth of the breath leaving the body. Allow the breath to anchor us to the present moment, guiding us to a state of calm and centeredness.

Another technique to foster mindfulness is the body scan. Start by bringing attention to the toes and slowly move our awareness up through the body, noticing any sensations, tension or areas of ease. As each body part is scanned, let go of any judgment and simply observe what is present. This practice helps us reconnect with our bodies, grounding us in the here and now.

Mindful movement through practicing yoga is another delightful way to focus on the present moment. As we flow through our asanas, notice the subtle sensations in our bodies. Feel the strength of our muscles, the stretch in our limbs and the gentle rhythm of our breath. Be fully present with each movement, allowing our body to guide us with grace and fluidity.

But mindfulness is not limited to specific practices—it can be woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Here are some practical tips for integrating mindfulness into our daily activities:

Mindful Eating: Slow down and savor each bite of meals. Engage the senses by noticing the colors, smells, textures and flavors of the food. Chew slowly and appreciate the nourishment it provides. Mindful eating not only enhances our connection to our body’s needs, but also allows us to truly enjoy the culinary delights.

Mindful Walking: Take a break from the busyness of life and go for a mindful walk. Engage the senses by noticing the sensation of our feet connecting with the ground, the rhythm of our breath and the surrounding sights and sounds. Use rhythmic breathing techniques and match breath with steps.

Mindful Moments: Throughout the day, create pockets of mindfulness by pausing and bringing attention to the present moment. Take a few deep breaths, observe the surroundings and tune in to our inner experience. These mini mindful moments can bring a sense of calm and clarity, even amidst a busy schedule.

Mindful Listening: When engaging in conversations, truly listen to the person speaking. Give them undivided attention, maintaining eye contact and being fully present. Notice their words, the tone of their voice and the emotions behind their message. This practice of deep listening fosters connection and understanding.

Mindfulness is a playful exploration of the richness of each moment. It’s a gentle reminder to be fully engaged with life, rather than being carried away by past regrets or future worries. As we embrace mindfulness, we invite a deeper sense of clarity and peace into our lives. So, this spring, let’s cultivate mindfulness, knowing that in it lies the key to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Martha Kein is the school director of The American Yoga Academy, a world-renowned, online yoga teacher training school that’s been training and certifying yoga instructors for 30 years, and where all are welcome. For more information, call 973-731-9960 or visit

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