A lesson in mindfulness today........we pride ourselves in multi-tasking, but honestly our pride should come from our ability to focus on one thing at a time. How many times do we drive with no awareness of our trip, we eat with no awareness of the food in our mouths, we talk with friends and run lists through our brains about what we are going to do tomorrow.
The next time you wash dishes, or sweep your floors or fold laundry......be aware of each movement, aware of the dish, the sensation of the water, the temperature of the water........notice the bristles of the broom, the movement of the sweep, the texture of the floor......feel the clothing as you fold, notice the softness, the colors, the fresh clean smell. Mindfulness is calming, soothing, tension releasing.....a way to increase awareness in our lives as well as those around us.
If you commute to work tomorrow, take notice.......do you pass by houses, a school, trees, water?
When you talk with someone......take the time to give them your attention, all of it, not just part of it.
If you do a mundane task.....notice each step, take pride in doing it well, let it relax your mind.
Spend a few short minutes a day practicing mindfulness......you will see a difference in your stress levels.