Are you looking for powerful tips to live a more mindful lifestyle? Join me as I welcome Sheila Murrey to talk about her journey towards true holistic living with a focus on connecting the soul, spirit, mind, and body. She shared her insight on how to reduce mind chatter and experience peace, wholeness, and connection through meditation and breathwork during a recent episode of Live. Love. Engage. In this article, I’ll outline how Sheila Murrey did it in detail.
About Sheila Murrey
Meet Sheila Murrey, an author, blogger, health researcher, singer, and speaker who passionately learns, experiments, and shares from master teachers all things holistic. She believes that we are here for a greater purpose and works to bridge heaven and earth through her blog and her practice of meditation.
Why is it important to follow tips to live a more mindful lifestyle?
Living a mindful lifestyle is incredibly important as it allows us to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions and make conscious decisions that are in line with our values. When we are mindful, we are better able to appreciate the present moment, be kind to ourselves, and be more connected to ourselves and others. It also helps us to create a balanced and healthy lifestyle that is more sustainable and enjoyable.
Here are the steps Sheila recommends for living a more mindful lifestyle:
1. Embrace the present moment and make conscious choices in every interaction.
Making the present moment count involves being mindful of how we spend our time. We should be intentional about how we use our time, and not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We should be conscious of how our activities can either bring us joy or cause us stress. It is important to prioritize activities that bring us joy, and to not over-commit ourselves. We should be mindful of how much time we spend on our phones and computers and take the time to be outside and engage with our environment.
We should also be mindful of our relationships and how much time we spend with our friends and family. We should nurture our relationships and be mindful of how we interact with one another. We should take the time to appreciate the moments that we spend with our loved ones and make every moment count. In doing so, we can live a more holistic life and make the present moment count.
2. Let go of ego and focus on coming from a place of soul and spirit.
One of the questions that Sheila recommends we ask ourselves is, “Am I coming from a place of ego?” When you find yourself focusing on past accomplishments and credentials, your physical appearance, and superficial stuff, that’s ego. It’s what you want to project out into the world. To practice mindful living, Sheila invites us to ask, “Am I coming from my soul space, my spirit? Am I an open vessel for spirit to flow through?” In any moment of tenseness, in upset and stress, that’s where the choice is. And again, in any communication you have with someone, in any interaction, even driving in the car alone, and someone cuts you off, that’s where your choice lies. It’s a practice. As Sheila says, “Don’t focus on perfection. Even medical doctors are practicing!”
3. Practice mindfulness and wholeness in all aspects of life.
One of the best ways to practice mindfulness is to meditate. Sheila recommends that you take a deep breath and when you breathe in through your nose, be aware of that physical, tangible feeling of the breath coming in. Some people, especially in spiritual circles, want to call this focusing on the spirit breath, focusing on the spirit that you’re literally breathing into your body. This allows the body to relax and calm the amygdala in the brain.
It is also important to note that there is no one right way to meditate. Everyone should find what works for them and practice it. Some ideas for meditation include focusing on a flame, a picture, or a loved one; closing your eyes; or practicing open eyed meditation. Additionally, one can practice walking meditations, stair climbing meditations, or simply focus on the breath while doing a mundane task. Lastly, prayer is also a form of meditation and can be used to commune with a divine being or simply focus on the breath while asking questions.
4. Avoid attachment to prevent suffering and focus on the present moment.
Sheila says meditation is like giving your body an inner massage, which creates a sense of peace and harmony. With regular practice, one can learn to observe the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that arise during meditation and become less attached and reactive to them. This allows us to become more mindful and present in every moment of our lives, rather than reacting to every stimulus that arises. As she says, “it’s all about just calming that monkey mind and mind chatter down, focusing on the breath.” Regular practice of meditation can help us to become better attuned to our inner wisdom and intuition, allowing us to make better decisions and live a more fulfilled life.
5. Acknowledge the consciousness inside of you and allow for ideas to come forth.
During meditation or any other mindfulness practice, it’s important to relax and open up to the possibility of new ideas, insights, and solutions. This can be done by focusing on the idea of releasing the need to be perfect and instead, cultivating a sense of self-love and compassion towards yourself. When you focus on the breath and present moment, it will help to open up a space for new ideas to arise. When this happens, remain still, and allow the ideas to come forth without judgment or attachment. By doing this, you will be able to tap into your inner wisdom and allow your ideas to naturally flow.
Write down your ideas, draw out a concept map or engage in a brainstorming session with yourself or a group. Stay open and flexible to any new ideas that come up, and to be willing to take risks and explore the unknown. Additionally, it is important to be willing to change course if something isn’t working and to be open to feedback from others. This will help you to refine the ideas and to create something that is truly unique and powerful.
Finally, it is important to take action on your ideas. The best way to bring an idea to life is to take consistent, focused action. This could involve setting tangible goals and deadlines, or creating a plan of action that outlines the steps that need to be taken. Additionally, it is important to stay open to the possibility that things may not go as planned and to be willing to ask for help when needed. Doing this will help to ensure that the ideas that come forth from your creative process are brought to life and fulfilled.
Living a mindful lifestyle is essential to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression and making conscious decisions that are in line with our values. Sheila Murrey’s journey towards true holism is a great example of how to reduce mind chatter, experience peace, wholeness, and connection through meditation and breathwork. Sheila believes that when we live in the moment, we can be the best version of ourselves and that when we are connected to our higher selves, we can make more conscious decisions, create healthier relationships and live with purpose.
I’d love to hear how these practices help you achieve peace, wholeness, and connection. Leave me a comment on how it went for you or drop any questions you want me to answer!