Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere. It becomes especially helpful in those situations when all that is left to do is wait – waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting in the car during traffic, waiting at a doctor’s appointment. Next time you find yourself in a waiting space, try some of the following tips.
Step 1: Become aware of any emotions that may be bubbling up. Likely ones include frustration, worry, and anger.
Step 2: Now bring your awareness to the sensations in your body as a result of these emotions. Perhaps your breath might be shallow, you may notice some heat in your body, or you may notice tears starting to well up.
Step 3: Stay focused on the physical sensation and simply begin to take some deep breaths in and out of your nose. Continue to deepen and elongate with each breath cycle.
Step 4: After a few breath cycles, check in again with the physical sensations in your body. Notice if anything has shifted.
Whether you notice a shift or not, the simple act of breathing in and out of your nose automatically accesses the parasympathetic nervous system which calms and relaxes us. Now, waiting becomes just another moment to be present where we are.