Mindfulness is a razor-sharp awareness of what is happening at the moment. Many people have lesser woes by applying mindfulness in their lives. One can even practice being mindful on their wedding day.
People associate weddings with the happy feelings they invoke. But, they are also notorious for the stress that they trigger. Thus, it is essential to stay on top of everything. Practicing mindfulness on this day ensures a smooth-sailing experience. Here are some ways to be “at the moment” on this special day.
Fill up Your Senses
One of the best ways to practice mindfulness is to use all your senses. Start to notice everything around you at the moment. Weddings set in farm venues are perfect for this purpose. There is a rich offering with such places. Your eyes can feast on the greenery, nature’s views, and the rustic vibes. You can bask in the sunlight and fresh air. The smell of earth and trees can soothe you. A symphony of birds adds to the music that you have picked at great length.
You slow down when you fill yourself with the details of the world around you. As such, anxieties and worries have no place in your mind. You only experience peace and contentment.
Let Go of Unrealistic Perfection
Anybody aims for perfection at their weddings. Such events are once-in-a-lifetime occasions. As such, people want it to be flawless. But, one must draw the line between things that they can control and have no command over.
Being mindful is learning to let go and even embracing the things that are beyond your power. One example of this is the weather. You plan your wedding around the weather that best suits you. But, there is no guarantee that it is going to pan out as planned. Instead of getting disappointed over the change of weather, take it in. Think of how this unexpected turn can bring happy memories to your wedding.
Operate on Gratefulness
People who practice mindfulness are a happy and grateful bunch of people. When you choose to focus on where you are at the moment, you would realize that you have so much to be thankful for. A wedding is a perfect time to practice gratitude. Look at the people who came to celebrate with you. Feel their love through their effort and time to be present on your special day. Do not forget to tell them “thank you”. This simple act would make both them and you happy.
You may also extend the gratitude even after your wedding day. Having a gratitude journal of your big day will help you remember specific details. This journal will also help you relive the happy memories, even when a great deal of time has passed by.
Work on the Preparations with Intention
Mindfulness does not only work on the wedding day itself. Getting into this habit even on your preparation will save you from a great deal of stress. Mindfulness during your preparation translates to having specific goals.
Do not get carried away by inviting everyone you know. Be mindful of every person you put on your list. You would not want some drama at your wedding because you picked the wrong set of guests.
Also, be decisive about the details you want in your wedding. Presenting yourself with so many unrealistic choices will suck your joy. Instead of enjoying your preparations, you would feel your wedding seem to be not good enough. Aside from the doubts, setting your standards too high is a time-waster. Being mindful is always keeping track of what you want and what suits you best.
Stay Calm, Breathe
Emotions are high at a wedding. Excitement, anxiety, or joy could overwhelm anyone. When you succumb to these emotions, you might not enjoy your wedding even if some of them are positive ones. All you would remember is the feeling of being too overpowered by your emotions. To avoid such a scenario, remember to always take deep breaths. You may even find a short meditation or yoga exercise helpful before you get yourself dressed up.
As you walk down the aisle, take a deep breath. Feeling nervous over reciting your vows? Breathe. When you do, you ground yourself back to the present, and you get to enjoy the moment more.
Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You must be intentional about what you want to remember on this day. Practicing mindfulness at your wedding will help you to experience enjoyment and joy. In doing so, you are off to a good start to a happy married life.