Prince “P.J.” Daniels, Jr. is a celebrity mindfulness expert, author and former NFL running back. When his football career ended as a result of injuries in 2009, Daniels turned tragedy into triumph. Having never imagined his life without football, he used meditation to focus on a new strategy for his future and The I’mAgine book series manifested. His first book, “Danny Yukon and the Secrets of the Amazing Lamp” provides a model for young people to learn how to meditate to confront their fears, pursue their dreams, and enhance their overall well-being. Daniels is actively involved with local community programs and schools in an effort to teach mindfulness, increase literacy and inspire the love of reading in our youth. Here are some mindfulness strategies, for the holidays and beyond:
1. Begin your day with mindfulness – Spend time alone. Before you deal with your spouse, children, or colleagues, take time for yourself. You can’t take care of anyone else until you take care of yourself.
2. Meditation is the best, but not the only way to practice mindfulness. You can incorporate mindfulness in many ways, including eating habits, mindful walking, or simply by sitting outside and observing nature.
3. Take a deep breath before you respond. Coming back to the breath whenever you experience extreme emotions like excitement, depression, happiness, or sadness will prevent you from acting impulsively, but in the present moment.
4. Sitting in silence while working on a task allows you to filter all of your energy into the direction of the task at hand.
5. The best part about this time of year (the holiday season) is that the spirit of giving is alive. This season, practice mindfulness when deciding how you would like to give to someone special, the world, or even to yourself. This intention sets the pace for the upcoming New Year.
6. Spend some time alone. Wanting to spend time with you is not vain or selfish. It’s about getting to know who you are: your good traits, your faults, your vices, your heart, your level of compassion for yourself and for others, etc. Tell yourself that you love yourself and you are grateful for the opportunity of life.
7. If you have a difficult time getting into a mindfulness state, physical activity can help. Being active helps you to understand the physical benefits of mindfulness because in activity, you can observe your heart rate and level of tiredness through your five senses, and ultimately feel the effects of mindfulness.