1. The real mindfulness practice is how you live your life. Are you showing up in the present moment? Do you have kind attention? Are you being curious and open?
2. Life includes both joy and pain, happiness and sadness. We have a tendency to want to move towards the pleasure and away from the pain. Practice acceptance of all things the way they are by seeing them with open curiosity instead of pushing them away.
3. This is a simple but not easy practice. It's going to challenge you and require a lot of practice.....a lot of practice!
4. Remember you are not your thoughts, emotions, opinions. Try to not self-identify with these things or it will cause a lot of unnecessary suffering.
5. By integrating both formal and informal practices into your daily routine you start to develop the habit. Try to join a meditation group to keep you accountable.
6. Once you develop the habit, start to explore other types of mindfulness meditations such as visualizations, breathing techniques, and even yoga.
7. As always make the practice work for you. Let go of how you think meditation should look. The important things is that you consistently show up.
Alyssa Mancini is a certified secondary biology and chemistry teacher. She started teaching high school biology and chemistry in 2007 and spent the first 12 years of her career teaching in NYC public schools. She is a registered yoga instructor, mindfulness facilitator, and herbalist. Her mission is to inspire and support teachers interested in learning about mindfulness and self-care practices.