4 New Ways to Use Mindfulness in the New Year

| 1/2/2020 7:59:00 PM

For many, the new year represents a fresh start, a clean slate on which to write their bright future. But it also comes with its fair share of expectations, goals and to-dos. So, how can you stay focused on your new intentions and make 2020 your most fulfilling year yet? 

The answer is simple — mindfulness. Far from being a gimmick or a hipster trend, mindfulness is gaining attention from intellectuals, researchers and society as a whole for its power to make people more self-aware, focused and content. Practicing mindfulness entails focusing on feelings, sensations and thoughts, recognizing them for what they are and letting them pass without judgment. 

Traditionally, mindfulness takes the form of meditation. With closed eyes and crossed legs, the student sits in silence and focuses on quieting the mind, body and soul. Today, however, you can practice mindfulness just about anywhere, in any situation. Here are just a few ways you can incorporate this practice into your life. 

mindfulness written in calligraphy on window sill
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1. Play a Game

Meditation is taught in a way that doesn't emphasize community. So, many think of mindfulness as a solitary activity, practiced on a pillow in a private room. But you can also practice this skill with others. In fact, it may even enhance the effects of mindfulness. The joy of being with loved ones adds to any experience, and mindfulness is no exception.

One way you can practice in a group setting is by playing mindfulness games, which are created to help players become more aware and less stressed. These games take the intimidation out of meditation and introduce the practice in a fun, engaging way. For example, the mindfulness game Vertellis Classic is a conversation starter card game perfect for families and large groups of people. Each card poses a question for each person to answer, allowing players to connect on a deeper level. 

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