Mindfulness in Daily Life

One simple practice that Chris Germer and Kristen Neff encourage in their book Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals is “Mindfulness in Daily Life” (p.200). Here are some of their practical suggestions:

  • Pick an ordinary activity. You might choose drinking a hot beverage in the morning, brushing your teeth, or taking a shower….
  • Choose one sensory experience to explore in the activity, such as the sensation of taste as you drink a cup or tea, or the sensation of water touching your body while you are showering.
  • Immerse yourself in the experience, savoring it to the fullest. Return your attention to the sensations again and again….
  • Bring friendly awareness to the activity until it has been completed.