There is much talk about mindfulness. Being in the moment. Being present.
It sounds easy, right?
So, you go about setting aside your space, music, candles or incense to help set the right mood right for you. You sit down, close your eyes and breathe in and out. And in….and, breathe out…slowly now…
“I forgot to turn on the rice cooker. What should I make for dinner tomorrow. I need to go shopping tomorrow. “
Your thoughts start running through making for a busy mind!
You keep trying to let those thoughts go, and concentrate on your breathing and keeping your mind free of any thoughts. It can be a challenge and cause frustration not being able to free your mind from constant thoughts wandering in and out.
There is also the challenge of carving out time from your already busy day.
But do you realize that you can get into that meditative state and get things done around the house, too?
Meditation does not have a time requirement to remain in that space to be beneficial. Even if you are able to be in that moment for a few minutes, those few minutes of being in a meditative state can still bring you back to feeling of being centered, and feeling grounded.
So let’s begin with some everyday activities.
Washing the Dishes
When washing the dishes, it is usually done automatically and quickly to get the job done.
But, do it differently this time. Take your time in washing each dish and feeling and noticing each movement and sensation of your hand and arm.
Pick up the plate. As you are holding the plate in one hand, the other hand is making the motions of washing the plate. Look at the motions of the hand washing the plate. At the same time, feel the pressure from your hand on the plate. You will also feel the motions your hand is making.
When you are done, write down what you experienced. Did the thoughts going through your mind lessen? Were you able to be in the moment of washing the dishes?
Now, what about vacuuming? You look at the large room and sigh at the large area you need to cover. Instead, change your perception and look at the room as your meditation space and time for yourself to be in the moment.
As you move the vacuum back and forth, follow the vacuum with your eyes while taking in the vacuum markings that you are making on the floor. See how the vacuum makes the straight lines and a pattern on the ground. Feel your arms moving back and forth knowing that cleaning the floor also cleans the energy to bring in new energy into your home.
These are just a couple of the activities that can bring you into a meditative state and a feeling of being grounded and relaxed when you are back to your daily life.
Here is a list of some other activities that can bring about mindfulness:
Much Love and Blessings to you! :)