Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Mindfulness in the everyday
Mindfulness in the everyday, this is what I'm interested in. Always on the hunt for inspiration I recently watched this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOK8IjP6MQ4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUcv7KJIAsiddB2YRegvrF7g It's the highly inspiring Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, at the Plum village monastery in France giving a talk about mindfulness. In it he discusses 'mindful walking and breathing' and 'mindful eating'. He goes in to great detail about how to conduct such activities with mindfulness and thus bring more joy and contentment in to one's life.
It occurs to me, as I go about my daily tasks, can't all of my tasks be undertaken in mindfulness should I choose? Today, for example, there was 'mindful drinking of tea'. It tasted so good and was so warming on a cool September morning. There was 'mindful washing of dishes'. 'Mindful driving'. 'Mindful changing of nappy"!? Mindfulness in everything, that's the goal, or at least the journey.
Mindfully conducting each task. Taking deep, nourishing breaths. Trying to not think about all of the other things you need to do, but trying to be present and enjoy the moment as it is right now. This is not always easy to do for sure. As a practice it is so worthwhile and I know for certain that makes for a more pleasurable day and a more calm and present Mummy. I try to practice all the time. Listening to my girls' stories from school, playing with my baby, taking a moment to be still and savour the beauty of a curl on my daughter's neck, a bird in the garden, that first cup of mint tea this morning. This is mindfulness in the everyday and it tastes good.