Mindfulness Challenge: Day 3

Fresh Lens

Find a part of your daily routine when you can take a moment to incorporate mindfulness. Perhaps even challenge yourself by identifying a part of your day that’s not your favorite.

For me, commuting is a necessary evil, providing an ideal opportunity for regular mindfulness practice. Nearly daily, and especially during the winter, I pick a part of my commute during which to be more present. When I first began this practice, I imagined that I was visiting from a foreign country and had limited time to explore my surroundings. This new lens enabled me to soak in aspects of my daily commute with a fresh perspective. I began to notice details of buildings and entryways, as well as unique sounds, both man-made and natural. Instead of walking with my head down, in my own mind about all the things I have yet to do and feeling miserably cold, damp and tense, with a small shift and simple mindfulness practice, I was able to seemingly escape and became grateful for a part of my day that I’d previously found tiresome. Nothing about my commute had changed, but my presence, perspective and willingness to be more present.

Today I encourage you to view a part of your day through a fresh lens, as though you’re visiting a place or having an experience for the first time. Notice, even if just for a brief minute or two, what you see, hear, smell, and feel.

Katie Hibey

Additional Resources

For more ideas on how to be mindful every day, check out this brief Psych Central article