Are You Mindful? by Michelle
Taking your practice off the mat…
Last week I talked a little about presence in our practice. But what about our everyday lives?
At the moment, do you know exactly where your car keys are? Your wallet? Your purse? Your shoes? Do you remember where you park your car at the store? To you sometimes arrive at home with no recollection of the drive? Do you know what you ate for dinner last night?
In my experience, there are times when I coast – times when I am not completely aware of what I am doing right now because I am thinking of other things – what to have for lunch/dinner, what I need to do next, what my plans are for future events (what do I want to do this evening/on the weekend/for summer vacation/etc.). I sometimes even get wrapped up in what other people think about me and my actions, or, get this, what other people would think about a future action I may or may not take. Sometimes in conversations with others, I want to say something so badly I interject or focus on what I want to see so much I am totally checked out and not really paying attention to what the person is saying.
A practice of mindfulness, being wrapped up in what you are doing at any given moment, is truly a gift we can give ourselves. We can slow down.
We can connect to that person in front of us and really listen to what they are saying, giving of our attention and time, which is what most of us crave, instead of attaching so strongly to our opinions and what WE want to express. Give others their space and be in that moment with them.
Connect to each task that you do in a day, be it washing the dishes, cleaning the house, your job, even changing diapers – when we connect to each task, instead of trying to multi-task, we can complete each task more efficiently, we can stop second-guessing (did I remember to…??), and we can enjoy the beauty that is unfolding right in front of us.
When we eat hurriedly, we can upset our digestive system. We can even potentially feel guilty for what we are eating. Why not fully enjoy it? We need food to survive, so take a few extra minutes at your next meal and notice tastes, textures, spices and just how great it tastes!
Join me this week in classes for some mindfulness practices on the mat that you can take into your everyday life:
Wednesday @ 7:45 PM ~ Gentle Yoga
Thursday @ 6:15 PM ~ Gentle Yoga
Thursday @ 7:45 PM ~ Flow Yoga
Saturday @ 9:15 AM ~ Power Yoga