The first steps towards living more mindfully are often the hardest. You may be at a point where you understand how mindfulness can benefit and calm a wandering mind, but perhaps you’re having a hard time incorporating your practice into daily life. This is completely understandable, given that our modern, time-poor society doesn’t often lend itself kindly to living in the present moment.

The best way to stick to the practice is to first bring your awareness and focus back to the breath. Remind yourself of why you’re on this path and the experiences that have brought you to where you are right now. Controlling your breathing is a great way to calm the parasympathetic nervous system and relax the body.

Notice any external triggers that cause your mind to wander and contemplate ways you can be more present in your daily activities. These triggers can serve as important reminders to stay on your path and perhaps even serve as a call to explore different routes of going about your everyday routines in ways that help you on your journey. 
If you are struggling to stick to your mindfulness journey, perhaps consider one of our retreats at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center to connect with yourself and others who can share their knowledge and experiences to help guide you.