We can start practicing mindfulness at any given moment. For some people it is easier to make little gaps for it during the day, for others a set time and a routine is a better option. Either way you will find that it will slowly but surely make a difference in your life.
One of the things to remember with exercises of this kind, is to not expect anything. To let go of the idea that something will happen, just do the practice without waiting for the end result.
In our times this is huge in itself; we are used to work for an outcome, we want to see the fruition of our efforts, and the sooner the better.
But letting go of this is is actually one part of the practice, to be okay with what ever is. You might change, most likely something will, but do not wait for the results or evidence that something is happening.
If you want to start a mindful practice feel free to include the parts of life that you might spend less attention on. More often than not we are doing one thing while our minds are occupied in thinking of something completely different. By engaging fully in the task at hand, we are practicing at being more conscious and present. And we are training our attention.
A beautiful project is mindful eating. So often we eat our meals almost on the run, sometimes actually while running around, reading or watching TV. Sometimes in the company of others, maybe even during a meeting with important tasks to be performed, and decisions to take.
But for a meal to fully be appreciated, and also digested, a calm seated environment is preferred. Place yourself comfortably on the chair, do not sit on the edge of it, as if you were about to leave in 5 minutes. Begin by taking in the presentation of your meal, the colors, the smell, and how your senses are picking up on this.
Where does the produce come from, how was it harvested, perhaps even play with the thought of by whom? Spend some thoughts of gratitude if you wish, to the fact that it has made it to your plate. Continue by taking a bite of the food, and really taste the flavors, the textures and how your mouth react to the different parts of the meal. Take good time to eat, and savor each bite, look, smell and taste, chew and swallow. Maybe you can make a habit of eating mindfully a few times a week.
If you would like to try to incorporate moments of reflection during the day, and would like some help getting started, there are clever settings to use in the Mindfulness app. These act to remind you at given times, either at random or chosen by you. Anything from reminding you to take notice of your breath, to wishes of peace and setting intentions of wellbeing and happiness.