How did it go for my fellow meditators this past week? Even if you only got in one session – kudos to you!! When trying something new (that is quite possibly far out of your comfort zone) usually the first step is the hardest so congrats on taking the leap!
The longer I build a daily meditation practice into my life, the more I am able to observe the benefits of the practice in my day-to-day life off of the mat. The more mindful I become during my daily activities, the easier it is to sit in a formal meditation practice as well. It is a positive mental carousel to jump on to!
Now the next question is how to actually be mindful in day-to-day life. I recently posted on my Instagram account an exercise to consciously think about each time you go from sitting to standing and standing to sitting. This exercise was difficult! I would usually catch myself a few moments after I sat/stood and be a little irked that I had forgotten. When I was present during the sit/stand transition, it bordered on an out-of-body experience. Our minds are so accustomed to thinking about something other than what are bodies or even are brains are actually supposed to be doing. In our culture, we are constantly being told to multi-task. Any good office worker can multi-task, any good parent or teacher can as well. But wait – can we really??
In fact, our minds are only able to think about one thing at a time. Sure, we have become so familiar with driving the same route to work every day that we are able to have a phone conversation at the same time. That driving route has become so automatic that we are not actually thinking about it. Try that same route though when it is sleeting outside or if there is an unsafe driver near you on the road – we hang up the phone because we need to think about what we are doing. Society tells us that in order to be productive we must do a million things at once but in reality, our minds are simply not programmed that way. If you still aren´t buying it, here is an interesting article from Forbes to check out.
Our goal for this week:
At least 3 times per day be present in whatever task you are doing. If you are writing an email, for example, think about how your body feels sitting in the chair, the feeling of your fingers on the keyboard and the words as they are coming into your mind and onto the screen. At first, it is a trippy experience because we are not used to actually being present in our own daily lives. Just for 30 seconds at a time, 3 times a day, let´s commit to being present in our own activities.
Good luck and I cannot wait to hear about your experiences! Again, if you have any questions or want to discuss your personal practice feel free to leave a comment below or email me at KellyLawson86@gmail.com