Given modern habits, where the natural pace of things is “I need it yesterday,” that’s a meaningful reminder that meditation isn’t the only way to be mindful.
Granted, we have weekly in-office meditation sessions and enjoy a quiet ruminative breathing session as much as the next human. But if there’s anything we’ve learned from sitting cross-legged together, it’s that mindful meditation is only the start.
Just ask John Davisi, BuzzFeed’s former VP of people operations and “head of mindfulness.” From setting up calm spaces to leading workshops and creating guided meditations we actually partake in on a weekly basis, he left BuzzFeed a more positive place than it was when he arrived. In short: He’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to incorporating mindfulness into your everyday life.
If meditation is all about being present and aware of your thoughts from a place of non-judgment, then mindfulness, as Davisi puts it, is “the continuous practice of honing that awareness and reconnecting to the things that we do for ourselves.”
And yes, that means even the boring, mundane stuff. “We do so many things on autopilot,” Davisi says, “and when we do that, we’re not making conscious choices in the moment. Most people walk around thinking we are our thoughts and emotions, but the truth of the matter is we are the watchers of those thoughts and emotions. And it’s in that watching where we can take back control.”
We understand that shifting out of autopilot is easier said than done, especially in a world built to distract you; so we asked Davisi to whip up mini guided meditations for some of the most boring tasks we could think of. Once you get past the inherent silliness, you’ll be surprised at how paying close attention to the present moment will re-energize the way you go about your day-to-day.