Mindfulness. It seemed to be a word that just kept coming up last year for me. I thought about it, thought thats an interesting concept. Wonder if I could be more mindful and then sort of let it go, with the word just sitting there, slightly sticking out so as not to forget it.
A word that I know I should look into more as I feel my life would be more fulfilled if I did.
Mindfulness- being completely aware and present in that moment. The body and mind in harmony. Paying attention to the present moment and allowing the person to disengage from mental clutter- creating a clear mind.
My children are more fulfilled when I am mindful. Taking that moment to see what Monkey Boy is showing me, rather than giving a “ah huh. looks good” answer, and then continuing trying to complete whatever I was doing. He’s happy because I have taken the time to listen to him and see what he is involved in, so less inclined to keep interrupting me with what ever I am doing.
I think if I was more mindful in everything I am doing, things just might flow a bit easier. I get caught up in the small things just like lots of other people, but I think it might be right time to take a step back and just see what happens for awhile. Rather than trying to be on top everything, all the time. Time to de-clutter the mind.
I’m going to try to look at it on a really basic level, and then if I can master that, go further with it in terms of its Buddhism background. Certainly not two things that can be compared, but a good place to start.
Mindfulness in cooking I have always been aware of, just not always put it in to practise. It makes a huge difference. The bread that has been mindfully mixed, kneaded, proven, and then baked. Of course it will taste delicious. So much better than the loaf that was interrupted with, kids fighting, phone call taken, and negative thoughts of other things. If mindfulness has been put in to cooking you can taste it.
The simplest of dishes can taste amazing if made with care, awareness and perhaps a dash of love. Compare that with a dish that has been made in haste, while side tracked with other things, slapped down on the table and then eaten without any thought. It doesn’t compare.
So can I do it? Can I bring myself to be more mindful in everyday life? Mindfulness brought to my cooking, my daily chores, my conversation and most importantly to my husband and children?
I’m sure going to try.
It’s an important word in our family too. 🙂
Absolutely! Mindfulness can sometimes be missing or forgotten but hopefully easily retrieved with a gentle reminder! 🙂
Whilst wwoofing on a permaculture property in central vic recently I was introduced to the idea of “karma yoga” which basically came across to me as mindfulness of your everyday activities. Mindfulness of seemingly insignificant things like doing the dishes, or other regular tasks. Acknowledging that theres some element of sacred ritual in all that we do. Pretty powerful stuff, actually just typing this is a reminder for me! Just last night a friend was recommending for me to check out some Buddhism meditation in Newtown on a wed eve, where the basic technique you learn first is “mindfulness of breath”