Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I went to a "morning of mindfulness" retreat with my local meditation group this past weekend. We did a relaxation exercise, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and finally, a lunch in which we practiced mindful eating. It was a wonderful and relaxing time.
The thing that's stuck with me the most is the mindful eating. We ate most of our meal in "noble silence" and the meal seemed brighter somehow. The colors, textures and flavors of the meal were highlighted by my focus on it. I've only just gotten into meditation, but am feeling that the mindfulness, brought to everyday activities, might turn into my meditation form. I walked two of my dogs in a local park this week and I remembered to be mindful. Everytime my thoughts started whirling in my head I slowed down, looked around me, looked at my dogs, and tried to be fully present to every sensory input.
I've also brought mindfulness into my gardening. I'm a mixed bag about gardening. I don't crave time in the yard like my mom does. But sometimes I really enjoy it. There's a front patch that needed weeding and I decided to start on it the other night. It was pretty overwhelming, with TONS of crabgrass and clover. Remembering mindfulness, I brought out a blanket, sat down, and mindfully pulled weeds. I reminded myself there was no hurry. That it didn't matter if I got it all done that day. And I just stayed with the feeling of the earth, the sights of the worms crawling out of my way, the sound of the roots pulling out of the soil, and before I knew it I'd been out there an hour and that section was done!!!
I did it again tonight with the vegetable garden. I was out there almost two hours, and perhaps even more. I lost track of time and got a lot done.
Mindfulness. Being present in each moment. This is a practice that I hope to make a regular part of my life.