10 Hacks for Cultivating Daily Mindfulness

Maria Moscato
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On our journey toward self-improvement through yoga and meditation, we often find ourselves becoming more sensitive to the world around us. Flexibility of the mind and body help us tune in more quickly to other people.
When we open our minds and try to be present, we are challenged by the outside world. Perhaps it’s people’s actions, including friends and family. We might even find ourselves getting caught up in the emotions of social networks. And, let’s not forget the impact of world news.

It can be challenging to stay grounded and mindful with an open heart when we are bombarded with negativity as soon as we leave our mats.

How can we keep our zen and maintain our spiritual self-care and daily mindfulness?

Here are 10 tips to cultivate daily mindfulness and regenerate your body inside and out:


1. Balance Your Root Chakra

If your mind is filled with worry or you replay an argument or uncomfortable conversation in your head, get yourself centered by chanting “aum.” This root chakra mantra gets our three major nadis (energy channels) balanced in a jif!
Recommend read: How Your Root Chakra Impacts Your Quality of Life

2. Empower Your Solar Plexus

Our power centers can be easily thrown off when we find ourselves absorbing other people’s emotions during the day. Therefore, it’s very important to practice yoga poses that are effective at activating this chakra, including the Warrior pose series (Virabhadrasana 1, 2, and 3) and Boat pose (Navasana).
Repeat daily self-affirmations of gratitude and “I am satisfied” or “I am grateful,” which will prevent you from comparing yourself to others and combat your ego. Recognize your path and blessings in life and you will learn self-awareness and in turn, find – or reignite – your purpose in life.

3. Refresh Your Chakras

What a great way to finish the day with a relaxing foot soak! Dedicate a plastic basin just for this purpose: to soak your feet. Do a 15-20 minute soak in heated water with Himalayan salt, and light a candle, play some mantra music (http://amzn.to/1RUbtcc) and even practice some meditation during this time.
The salt will soak up the negativity you’ve absorbed during the day and refresh your energy centers (chakras). When you are done, flush the used water down the toilet, not the sink, to flush the negative ions down the right drain.
Recommended Read: An Introduction to the Chakras

4. Filter Negativity

Getting too caught up emotionally in anything leaves us feeling flustered and vulnerable. After your yoga practice or during meditation, try placing your palms down over the ground. This allows you to clean your energy and filter the negativity back to the earth.

5. Daily Abhyanga

Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic warm oil massage therapy, is one of the best self-charging and healing gifts to give yourself. It balances your doshas as it physically, emotionally and mentally stimulates you. It is traditionally done in the morning to “seal” and protect yourself for the day ahead.
Choose your favorite natural oil and visit the Chopra Center for a complete guide on how to do the massage.


6. Solid Body and Centered Mind

A healthy diet with exercise (especially yoga) gives us a body that makes us feel safe, not vulnerable. Physical stability is necessary to keep emotions in check, so eating right and keeping a safe weight have a two-fold benefit.
A sound body mass creates an extra barrier that protects us from picking up too much of the world’s weight (world news, personal conflicts, etc.). A healthy attitude towards eating is necessary for a balanced solar plexus, which is also our power center – thus power inside and out!

7. Create What Makes Your Heart Sing

We often get caught up in the routine of daily life and get “lost in thought” and vulnerable to emotional instability and the sense of who we really are. If you feel distracted or bored at home, choose a creative outlet that you enjoy, such as creating art, music or gardening to stay present and energized. Creativity builds identity.

8. Practice Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Sahaja yoga meditation was founded by Sri Mataji, a disciple of Ghandi. Meaning “spontaneous union,” this type of meditation raises our kundalini energy with simple exercises and mantras.
Raising our kundalini not only keeps us spiritually centered, but it also helps us keep our minds open to new knowledge and expansion. When we have an open mind, we can accept the defects of others and hopefully inspire ourselves and those around us.

9. Embrace Nature

Choose at least one day a week to do a walking meditation. If you live in a concrete jungle, step away to explore your natural surroundings. Remember that trees, plants, the sun and the sky all feed us with positive energy.

10. Get a Dog or Cat

If you don’t already have a furry companion and don’t suffer from allergies, get a pet. Animals give so much unconditional love and energy. When you come home after a long day, there is nothing more rewarding than cuddling with your four-legged friend!
A day represents the microcosmos of your whole life, so it’s important to make spiritual self-care a habit in order to live your life to the fullest. Integrating at least one of the above tips into your daily routine will help keep you emotionally centered.
Taking care of ourselves by self-nurturing is not egotistical, but rather fundamental to being the best we can be in our spiritual journey. As Paramahansa Yogananda said, “First we need to take care of ourselves, then our family, friends and last the world.” A good way to maintain positivity is by keeping a journal of your favorite daily remedies that help you keep your “internal peace” clock ticking.
Finally, try to alternate tips. Daily change is essential to personal energy conservation and living life! Otherwise, we get caught up in habits that lead to non-motivation and energy drainage.
Use these tips to get you boosted for a day of emotional well-being! Please feel free to contribute your own suggestions in the comments below.

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Maria Moscato

Maria has been an expat Californian living in Bologna, Italy for 18 years. After her two trips to India, she started yoga during her pregnancy 13 years ago and has been a yogi ever since. An artist, writer and innovative cook, she integrates her love for yoga and meditation into her work, including a line of yoga clothing based on the spiritual foundation of selenite, a crystal gypsum used by the Romans.


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