Give Yourself a Break!
It's hard to believe this is day six of the Mindfulness challenge. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the daily practice, give yourself a break. If you've missed a couple of days - don't worry! These practices aren't going away. I want you to enjoy your practice, not find it to be a chore!
Perhaps today you could do one thing mindfully. It could be folding your clothes, washing your dishes, or walking. Any activity you do where you a fully present is a mindfulness one.
If you'd like some support - here is an eight-minute optional meditation that will help you relax and focus.
Poet, Angela Narciso Torres has a friend that turns anything into a mindfulness activity.
by Angela Narciso Torres
My friend turns anything into
prayer. Sweeping the leaves, shaving
his beard, washing dishes—
every act a purging
of what doesn’t serve. Today
I’m folding laundry. I start with jeans,
crisp from the dryer, smoothing the creases
then draping them on wooden hangers.
Shaking wrinkles from the sheets, I square
the corners the way Mother taught.
White T-shirts stacked flat on a shelf,
sundresses on felt hangers, sweaters
nestled in drawers. I find a place
for every blouse, every scarf, until
it feels inevitable. Order our days—
the remnant floats up from decades
of Sundays like words of a forgotten
song—in Your peace. My mantra:
fold, hang, repeat, the hamper
half-empty, the bureau warm
with balled-up socks.
~ “Chore” is from What Happens Is Neither