Sometimes finding the time to take 15-20 minutes to sit and meditate or be mindful can be tough. Your to-do list may feel never-ending or maybe you just don’t feel like sitting in silence. I get it. Sometimes (which has been lately) I feel too busy to take 15 minutes to meditate in silence and practice my breath. I know that I need to meditate, but I just find myself too busy with other things…and the only time I want to be quiet is bedtime.
Fortunately, there are other ways to practice meditation and mindfulness that don’t require a quiet room with dim lights, such as journaling, doodling and colouring. I’ve been loving these outlets lately and they’re keeping me in the groove of taking time for myself.
There are a few books I’ve come across that are awesome. They only take five minutes out of your day (or as much time as you want) and they provide a quick burst of mindfulness in order to focus all attention on YOU. Keep them on your bedside table, carry them around in your purse (or bag) or keep them on your coffee table.
I LOVE this book. It has a bunch of lists to fill out and it’s a great way to start journaling. It’s also packed with gorgeous photos. Maybe you don’t know where to begin with a journal and just need a little nudge to help you start writing…well, this book has you covered. The lists make you think and you can fill them out as much as you want or come back to them and continue your lists. Every list also has an action item associated with it. For example, List 7 is to ‘list the greatest compliments and encouragement you have ever been given’, then the action item is to ‘rewrite your favourite compliment on a sheet of paper or print it out in a font you love. Then tape it to a wall or frame it in your home so that you are reminded every day to choose happiness and self-love.’ How great is that? I good reminder of how awesome you are!
A few of my favourite lists going right now are: ‘list the things that get you out of your head’, ‘list the ways you feel lucky’, ‘list the scents, spaces, textures and sounds that bring you joy’ and ‘list the happiest people you know’.
This book is hardcover and $16.95 at Chapters.
I am here now is a book that was developed by The Mindfulness Project in London, England. It’s such a cool book, full of creative activities to produce a sense of mindfulness. It’s a great way to start learning mindfulness if you don’t know anything about it and it’s a great way to continue your mindful practice if you’re a mindfulness pro. All of the activities are easily explained and it kind of reminds me of one of those car activity books we used to have as kids in the car.
I think this book is great because sometimes we get so caught up in a situation or thought that it can be hard to focus on the present or focus on the breath to just chill. But with this book you can open up to a page, read the instructions and understand where you need to start to destress. For example, there’s one activity where you simply connect the dots and with each connection you take a deep breath. Ahhhhhh….so relaxing. Just looking at the cover is a good reminder to be in the present. I am here now.
$22 at Chapters.
This is truly one of the best things to start and end your day with. It gives you a moment to yourself to think about the day ahead when you first wake up and then a couple minutes before you fall asleep to reflect on your day. I’ve really been enjoying this. It gives me the opportunity to focus on what I was grateful for before I start my day (even if I know it’s going to be a crazy, busy day) and at the end of the day I love reflecting on the aspects that made it great and how I could have improved it. Every day has a beautiful quote too, which I find very inspirational.
$26.95 at Chapters.
4. A notebook
There’s also just the traditional journal. I find journaling to be very therapeutic, although sometimes it can be a lot of work when you want to get every point across. Journaling is great to store all your memories (whether good or bad). It can be an outlet to self-talk when you’re having a shitty day and it can be a place to share your happy, exciting times.
Do you journal? Have you tried any of these books? Have you tried any other books?
Would love to hear from you!