December 14, 2020
The theme for the week = my favorite mindfulness practices.
I thought I’d share some of the different ways I incorporate mindfulness into my daily life. Even if it is just 1 or 2 minutes. Some is better than none. So many people are intimidated by the idea of mindfulness and I think a lot of it has to do with not realizing that mindfulness just means paying attention to the one thing we are doing. One thing at a time. It is just noticing. And it can be 2 minutes of mindfulness or it can be 2 hours of mindfulness. I’ve found that I can start paying attention to my surroundings and to what I’m doing and it enriches the experience.
So I enjoy being in the hot tub with my family. We do that at least once or twice a week. And, as an extreme extrovert I never ever ever in my life ever really wanted to spend time by myself until we had our first kid. And ever since we’ve had more people in our household making more noise and taking up more space in my brain I’ve found that I crave some alone time for the first time in my life.
What I’ve found is that I really enjoy sitting in the hot tub all by myself. At night after the kids have been put to bed while my wife is watching her shows I like to take a dip in our hot tub and listen to the evening sounds, watch the sky darken, and look at the stars.
What I see changes as the seasons pass. In the Fall I watched the crows fly by on their way to roost in the eucalyptus trees by our house. I saw glimpses of yellow-rumped warblers, titmice, goldfinches, and kinglets in the olive tree and the bushes in our backyard. And most spectacular were the amazing, darting, wizzing Anna’s hummingbirds zooming around and around.
Now that the darkness comes so much earlier I’m mostly in blackness just starting up at the stars. I watch the steam rise up towards the sky.
I look forward to these moments. Even if it is only 10 or 15 minutes a once or twice a week.
Do you have something you enjoy doing all by yourself? Do you have a ritual of sorts? When you’re not multitasking or distracted or thinking about something else? Even if it is just for a few minutes?