I still ask myself: Why am I doing this? Assuming that it should bring me somewhere……. because truth is, I am already there. I am here.
So – I just do it. Slowly. like the water dropping on the stone, the mind is cultivated. From day to day or from week to week there is nothing to notice but over a longer period of time some awareness is learned and brought into practise during the day; not only during the formal practise session, but during the day.
This is an important step, to bring your mindfulness into your life. Let us be honest. Most of the time we are not aware, we are not present, we are floating around in the never ending stream of thoughts, ideas, problem solving. We forget to experience the present moment, even though the present moment is what our life actually consists of. We forget to be kind. We forget other people. We are taken, we are swept away.
Make a decision. Punctuate your day. Every time you enter the bathroom you take three breaths with awareness. And maybe you will remember this once. But still. Punctuate your day. Every time you open the door to the washing machine to put clothes either in or out, you take three breaths with awareness.
When you slice the bread.
When you open the refrigerator.
When you turn on the tap for fresh water.
22.05.2020 Anne Vinter