Notes on Staying Mindful

Mindful living. Slow living. Intentional living. Conscious living. So many terms for ultimately the same mission. 

I think my mindful living journey started when I decided I wanted to minimize stuff. Becoming more minimalistic and take my direction from things to experiences.

Of course this was forced by trying to create space in my 1 bedroom apartment when my partner and I decided to move in with each other, but it’s crazy how much that one task has transformed and blossomed into something worth sharing. 

Once I took my focus off of acquiring more stuff, it allowed room for me to show appreciation for what I do have. I actually NOTICED what I have. An act of mindfulness in itself. 

The dictionary defines mindfulness as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. I ask you, how are you sitting in consciousness or awareness each day?

Do you notice your drive to work? Do you notice your breath? Do you notice your thoughts?

These simple pauses to just notice is all mindfulness is. 

I don’t express these questions as a point for judgement if you never take time to notice, but instead as a point of initiation for you to begin your own practice.

I try to practice a form of mindfulness everyday in some form. I find that it keeps me grounded.

As someone who is usually anxious, scattered, and spacey, I need something to pull me back to the ground. 

If you’re familiar with the Ayurveda my energy is very Vata. 

A simple practice of just taking one minute to focus on my breath makes all the difference in the world.

Other acts of mindfulness include eating mindfully without distraction, commuting in silence and allowing yourself to stay present during your drive or ride, and also just allowing yourself to day dream and taking in the beauty around you.

The list goes on and on.

What ways can you stay mindful?

The launch of my initiative also brings my first physical product. The Stay Mindful Canvas Tote.

A minimalistic everyday bag or swap for your grocery and shopping bags. Purchase one today and always have a gentle reminder nudging you to stay mindful. xoxo

With love and light,

Vanessa Michele

Vanessa.Michele | Creative Wellness Entrepreneur. Yoga Instructor. Reiki Practitioner| Welcome to my life!