Mindful doing

The idea of having a formal practise is to integrate mindfulness into ones everyday life. To slowly and over time become mindful in every thing you do.

For instance.

When you are peeling the potatoes, you peel the potatoes. Focus. concentrate, relax, awareness on body and breathing while you are peeling the potatoes.

When you are brushing your teeth, you brush your teeth. Focus, concentrate, relax, awareness on body and breathing while you are peeling the potatoes.

But then, you think: Can I never think? Yes, of course, there is nothing wrong with thoughts. The aim of mindfulness is not to stop thinking, but to become aware, to actually be present in the moment of thought (as opposed to being absorbed by your thought).

Any time during your day you can practise mindfulness in your daily doing. Waiting for the bus, queueing up in the shopping maul, taking a shower…… all the things you do during a day, you can practise. Moment by moment. As soon as you remember, you can practise.

Anne Vinter, 15.10.2019

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