Creating Buoyancy With Mindfulness

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During trying times in our lives, it can seem like our energy levels take a serious nosedive, and we find ourselves having trouble getting grounded.

One of the best ways I’ve found to be at ease with the craziness of my own life (not to mention what’s going on out in the greater world) is to practice tuning into my ability to be buoyant right where (and as) I am.

I’ve been tapping into my inner energy at every moment and going with the flow – if I’m feeling fidgety, I lean into that, and I move my body in some way or another. If I feel wiped out, I honor that and take a pause, instead of fighting it.

In fact, I invite you to take a pause with me, right at this moment. Take a deep breath, hold it for a few counts, and then release it completely.

We’re going to go over a few ways you can create buoyancy in your life with some simple mindful practices that I utterly adore and do my best to use daily.

Stay Flexible

It’s okay to not get all the things done on your to-do list every day. Give yourself permission to be flexible with your life and allow your energy levels time to adjust throughout your days.

You cannot control the results, only your actions.

– Allan Lokos

Check-in with yourself in the mornings and see how you’re feeling. Life isn’t a race, so why treat it like one? Only hit the ground running if you’re feeling motivated and ready to go. If you need to rest, just do it!

We’re all unique and should focus on what works for us, not our partners, co-workers, or family members. Just like life isn’t a race, it also isn’t a contest.

And don’t forget that rest can be very productive!

Ground Yourself

If you’ve done any mindfulness work, you’ve probably heard the wise advice that we should all be here now, right in this very moment.

Find time throughout your days to take your “inner temperature,” and notice if you’re holding tension anywhere in your body. While you’re at it, use those moments of quiet to check-in with the world around you.

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Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

– Buddha

We all tend to look toward the future when we’re anxious. That’s a totally human thing to do! But we can only truly find peace in the here and now.

Do your best to gently remind yourself that control is an illusion, and guide yourself back to your center with a moment or two of quiet grounding.

Honor Your Emotions

During your quiet moments of checking in with yourself, try to take note of how you’re feeling, and how and where your emotions are impacting you.

Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

– Thích Nhất Hạnh

Are you feeling tension in your shoulders? Is your stomach in knots? And on the flip side, where are you feeling at ease with yourself in your body?

Identify the emotions you’re feeling, allow yourself to feel them, and then exhale them out and away. Go easy on yourself and honor your emotions.

Nurture Yourself

Just like the plants and animals who share our world, we need physical nourishment through food and water to survive. But what about our minds?

Think of yourself as a plant with much more complicated emotions! Yes, we need vitamins and minerals to live, but we also need to look to our mental and emotional well-being to go beyond surviving and truly thriving.

Don’t let life harden your heart.

– Pema Chödrön

Consider what being nurtured means to you. When do you feel at your best, both mentally and physically? Tune into your inner energy when you’re at ease and see what you can do to encourage that during other times of the day.

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Try nurturing yourself by squeezing meditation into your mornings, going for a run in the afternoon, or cooking something delicious in the evenings.

Or put aside some time to curl up with a good book and simply relax.

Even simple acts of caring for ourselves can nurture our well-being, and in turn, allow us to nurture the world around us by being more present and content in our own skin.

These are just a few of the ways you can become more buoyant and flexible in your day-to-day life. All it takes is a little effort to make mindfulness work!

I invite you to join me in regular inner energy check-ins with yourself. Try doing it right when you wake up and several times during your days.

Don’t forget to be kind to yourself! Join me in saying, “I give myself permission to take the time to tune into my needs.”

Things might look chaotic out in the world right now, but it helps me to remember that self-care is actually community care – we’re in this together.

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Amanda M. French

Amanda M. French

Lover of flip-flops and open minds. Writing on Alcohol-Free Living 💁‍♀️ Spirituality ✨ and Self-Empowerment 💪