When it comes to health and wellness, mindfulness is a term you hear a lot. It refers to the practice of being mentally present in every moment. All too often, we can run on autopilot, completing daily tasks without thinking about it, having no real memory of what happened. However, cultivating a present mind takes practices. Daily mindfulness meditation exercises on your vacation in Nuevo Vallarta will help you tune into where your thoughts are and establish mindful habits that draw you into the beauty of the present. Establishing these practices on your Nuevo Vallarta vacation will help you make the most of your time, and you’ll return home feeling at peace and living in the present.
Your breath is a simple focal point that can draw you into the present and still your thoughts. Focusing on your breath is one of the easiest forms of mindfulness exercises. To begin a mindful breathing exercise, put yourself in a quiet spot, away from any distractions. Begin to slow your breath so that each cycle takes six seconds. Once your breath is slowed, focus on the feeling of inhaling, of the air filling your belly and chest. Notice each sensation in your body. Then, switch your focus to the exhales. As you continue to sit, allow any thought that arises to drift away and return to your breath. Ten minutes of this mindful breathing exercise on your Nuevo Vallarta vacation will help you be present in every part of your day.
The beautiful natural environment of vacation in Nuevo Vallarta is ideal for mindful meditation exercises. One of the most relaxing mind exercises is mindful observation. To begin, choose a comfortable seat in nature where you won’t be disturbed. As you sit, observe small objects, like a shell, flower, or bird, to focus on for a minute or two. Experience the present through focusing on these little details, soaking in the beauty. As you go throughout the rest of your day, make mind exercises like this a habit no matter where you are.
Gratitude shapes your attitude, but one of the best mindfulness exercises is to appreciate the little things in your day. Set a goal of writing down five things to be thankful for during your day, but the point of this exercise is to say thank you for the seemingly insignificant things, from getting a good parking spot to the way the light shines in through your window in the late afternoon. As you make this a habit during your vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, you’ll grow a long list of things to be grateful for and can incorporate this into your other mindfulness meditation exercises.
Many mind exercises require you to be still, but there are also active mindfulness exercises, the perfect choice for if you’re starting and struggling to sit still. On vacation, you can find stunning scenery to walk in along the beach, under the palm trees, or in the jungle. As you walk, practice other mindfulness exercises to focus on the present, your breath, and the environment, or you can count your steps, syncing your breath with them, to be present on your walk. Your main goal is not to go through this exercise on autopilot without thinking about it. You can also incorporate active mindfulness exercises into running, biking, or any other outdoor activity.
Some mindfulness meditation exercises use more of your senses to pay attention to a particular part of your body. One simple exercise is hand awareness. Clasp your hands together and squeeze them tightly five to ten seconds and then release. As you repeat this, pay attention to the sensations in your hands as you squeeze and relax. This will focus and calm your mind wherever you are.
Experience the benefits of mindfulness and be present on your vacation by starting your day with a mindful breathing exercise. As you go through your day, pay attention to where your thoughts are or practice active mindfulness exercises while you walk on the beach or hike the jungle. Establishing mindfulness on your Nuevo Vallarta vacation will affect you long after you return home.