It doesn’t matter what we do. It is the way we do it that counts. We can be washing up, going for a walk, working, eating, talking to others, playing sport, driving… and there will always be a choice as to how we do it.
When I wash the dishes, I can do it busily, with a sense of urgency and time shortage, rushing my movements so as to get it all done quickly. I can lean over too far, instead of remaining in the healthiest position. I can do two things at once, instead of focusing on just one. I can have a sense of ‘just passing through’, rather than ‘being truly present’.
Or I can adjust, and do what I am doing mindfully, at a relaxed pace, keeping my movements flowing and easy. I can remain balanced, and stay focused on one thing at a time. I can be fully present where I am.
Just for today, I will watch how I do things. I will ask myself:
- Am I relaxed?
- Am I centred?
- Am I free from resentment?
- Am I accepting of my situation?
- Am I acting with goodwill?