+ radical acceptance: finding the joy in what you are doing, whatever it may be.
A CHORES MEDITATION
This one may sound super boring, but just trust me, chores can be enjoyable! Personally, I love to vacuum the house and wash the dishes while practicing mindfulness. And every time I fold and put away my clothes, it feels as if I am clearing away the clutter in my head.
1. Pick a task off your endless ‘to-do’ list, or a household chore that needs finishing.
2. Let yourself focus on that one chore or task, just for now. Lay all your other concerns to the side. Do not worry, they will all be taken care of in due time.
3. Take a few deep breaths before you begin, and set your intentions - these can be devotional in nature, or simply to find some small bliss in the task.
4. Begin your chore, paying attention to what is at hand - literally. Use your senses, notice how things feel, how you work, and what small pleasures you come across. Perhaps you are hanging washing to dry, and the breeze is quite pleasant. Or maybe you are running errands, and you find yourself singing along to your favourite songs on the radio. Smile, let this be your only responsibility in this moment.
5. Pay attention to the task, as if you are courting the world, letting it know your affections. When the task is done, reflect a little on how it went. Did you feel you had enough time? Too much time? Were you bored? What did you most enjoy? Now you can move on with your day, bringing with you a small but pleasant memory.
"Mindfulness gives you time.Time gives you choices.Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom."~ Henepola Gunaratana
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This is Also a Time for Reflection
You are stopped, standing at a crossroads, looking back, around, and ahead on the path...
Get cosy, find a favourite pen, and take a few minutes to sit with these questions:
How do I feel on this path, so far? What has been the greatest gift? What has been the most difficult part?
What are some of the layers of innate wisdom I have uncovered in myself?
What has surprised me?
Where am I, in my own myth - my own journey and story?
Am I well-rested? What could help me feel well-rested?
Where am I getting my energy from? What sources nourish me, giving me energy? What takes away from it?
If I had more time, what would this look like and how would I feel?