When the world feels overwhelming, mindfulness practice can offer a respite. This blog of mindful moments comes from my need to start each day as a new beginning - to remember to look at the sky in the morning and say: "Yes, I am grateful for the chance to begin again and again".
One of the important concepts of mindfulness is keeping a beginner's mind. Instead of bringing all of your concerns to a mindful moment, stay in the present as if you are experiencing your surroundings for the first time, on a new day.
Even if your pause is at the kitchen sink while you wash the dishes, simply take time to feel the water run through your fingers.
Here's a poem to inspire you.
“Instructions for the Journey”
by Pat Schneider
The self you leave behind is only a skin you have outgrown.
Don't grieve for it.
Look to the wet, raw, unfinished self, the one you are becoming.
The world, too, sheds its skin: politicians, cataclysms, ordinary days.
It's easy to lose this tenderly unfolding moment. Look for it as if it were the first green blade after a long winter.
Listen for it as if it were the first clear tone in a place where dawn is heralded by bells.
And if all that fails, wash your own dishes.
Stand in your kitchen at your sink.
Let cold water run between your fingers.