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September 1, 2016

Blueprint for a Mindful Life

While it’s important to educate yourself about mindfulness and meditative practices, it’s not always easy to translate that information into action. In fact, you can even feel overwhelmed by the possibilities laid out before you. You know you want to live your life with greater intention, awareness, and clarity; but, the path forward from where you are now is hard to see. How do you go about the process of mindful life design?

To help you incorporate mindful awareness into your daily life, we’re offering you this free “mindful life blueprint.” It will help you design the life that you want to live: one filled with peace, gratitude, clarity, and fulfillment.

What to expect from this exercise

The intention of mindful life design is to help you organize your thoughts and prioritize things in your life, so as to arrive at a place of peace, happiness, and mindfulness in your day to day experience.

You’ll begin this “mindful life blueprint” by assessing your life as it is right now. We’ll ask you to consider a number of things about your daily life. Some of them will be highly specific, and others involve sweeping, big-picture ideas. For example: what do you consider to be your life’s work? How do you think other people perceive you? What people in your life do you consider yourself closest to? How do you feel from day-to-day? What’s missing in your life, and what do you already have more than enough of?

From there, you’ll commit some of your thoughts about the future to paper. How are you preparing for old age, retirement, and death? How would you characterize your career path? In the future, how would you like other people to conceive of you? Do you want to have a family? What would you like your relationships to look like?

Bringing it all together

At the end of this worksheet, you’ll be asked to integrate everything you’ve done so far. By taking stock of where you are now and visualizing the future you’ve outlined, we’ll ask you consider the processes, procedures, routines, resources, and tools necessary to get from the present to your future ideal. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a detailed roadmap that will enable you to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life and achieve the life you’ve always dreamed of.

About the author 

Sean Fargo

Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]