How to start ‘being’


We spend far too much time automatically switching gears into ‘doing’ mode, and it’s difficult to sometimes simply be. We share five tips on how to start ‘being’.

  1. You are so much more than just your thoughts. Try to consciously use all your senses. What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel on your skin?
  2. Everything is changing all the time, but the image you hold of things in your mind sometimes remains static. A few times a day, try to notice five new things about a situation or about people you are talking to.
  3. Keep track of your breathing; it always brings you back into the moment.
  4. Focus on your feet and how they are planted on the ground. This takes you out of your head for a moment.
  5. A lot of unrest comes from wanting to change the situation. If you switch to ‘doing’ mode in a quiet moment, ask yourself, ‘What am I saying to myself? Where does it come from? What happens if I accept the situation as it is now?’
  • You can read the article ‘doing nothing for a moment’ in our Mindfulness Workbook (not available anymore).

Text Jocelyn de Kwant  Photography Nicole Harrington/