three ways to infuse mindfulness into may

Can you believe May is half-way over? Because reality-check: it's already the 15th.

May is naturally a month of growth and revitalization. It makes an excellent month to check-in with ourselves and where we're at. Are we where we need to be to rock our goals? The year is a third complete. Do we need to reconnect with what we want? If yes, this is a great time to do it. If not, that's awesome. Keep it up. Either way, May is a ideal month to focus on being mindful and staying present in the moment. Here are three simple ways to practice mindfulness for the rest of the month.

1. stop and smell the flowers

It's an oldie and a goodie for a reason. The flowers have arrived in the Western Hemisphere. The trees are sprouting new leaves. The grass is greener. Nature hasn't been this beautiful for a while now, so soak it in. Head down to your local park, take off your shoes and sink your toes into the earth. Breathe in the cleaner air. Take five minutes, or even just a minute, to pause and appreciate what the universe has grown. Remind yourself that you are a part of this majestic beauty.

2. host a picnic

Community is a virtue. Communities support one another in surviving and thriving. Bring your community together for a potluck picnic. Celebrate life together. Bring handmade foods from locally grown resources. Appreciate your time with one another. Listen to conversation. Bring awareness to the people in your life and why you value them.


3. take your mat outside

Outdoor yoga is a summer time favourite. Roll out your mat under a tree for some shade (but watch out for birds, accidents have happened). Center your breath and flow through a few asanas to bring peace to your body and mind. Note how the wind and the ground change your practice. Share a few ohm's with the squirrels. It gets your body moving, your breath flowing and your mind attuned to the universe. Bring gratitude into your practice for the sun and the moon. And enjoy a bliss-filled savasana.

These are just three simple ways to bring intention to your day and to keep mindful. Especially good for the remainder of your month as they get you outdoors and in nature. Take advantage of this weather, we know it won't last long. Plus, it's good to live in the present.

Megan te Boekhorst