This exercise is designed to cultivate a heightened awareness and appreciation of simple things we do in our day that we go unnoticed and experienced.

Think of something that happens every day more than once; something you take for granted, like making a cup of tea.

At the very moment you touch the kettle to start the boil, stop for a moment and be mindful of where you are, how you feel in that moment and how the tea could make you feel.

Similarly, the moment you open your computer to start work, take a moment to appreciate the hands that enable this process and the brain that awakens your understanding of how to use the computer.

These cues don’t have to be physical ones either.

Each time you think a negative thought, you might choose to take a moment to stop, label the thought as unhelpful and release the negativity.

Or, perhaps each time you smell food, you take a moment to stop and appreciate how lucky you are to have good food available to you in that moment.

Choose a touch point that resonates with you today and, instead of going through your daily motions on autopilot, take occasional moments to stop and cultivate purposeful awareness of what you are doing and the blessings these actions bring to your life.

I find I do this with breakfast, travel, sitting or walking. The great thing about this exercise is that you can do it at any point and you can get so much more from these small experiences than you knew.

Explore and enjoy

David Hooper mentalhealth, Mindfulness, SelfCare, training