mindfulness

Here’s a little something on mindfulness, by way of Mouse Musings. I know it doesn’t really fit in here with all the other garbage I write about, but I thought that it was worth sharing.

De-clutter Your Mind Through Mindfulness…

In his latest book, Coming to Our Senses, Kabat- Zinn describes it as: “A love affair with what is most fundamental in life, with what is so, with what we might call truth, which for me includes beauty, the unknown and the possible, how things actually are in this very moment.”

— Remind yourself that time is a product of thought. Minutes and hours are a convention with no absolute meaning, in the words of Einstein. You are only on a treadmill if you choose to be.

— Avoid unsatisfying moments ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Only reminisce about the past or plan for the future when you do it with awareness. Otherwise, focus on what you are doing and “time will disappear”.

— Spend time meditating, even if it’s only one minute in every hour.

— Simplify your life. Prioritise and give up activities low down the list and spend that time in silence, in non-doing.

— Slow down the sense of time passing by taking note of ordinary experiences as though they were milestones. Remember how long it can seem to spend a day spent in a foreign city, where every new experience is novel and an adventure.

— Savour the present. Acknowledge that you are not “going” anywhere, that the future will not be any more pleasant or rich. It will be another easily missed moment.

I’m not very good at practicing mindfulness, but I try. The three times I’m most successful at approaching it are 1) when I’m jogging, 2) when I’m washing dishes, and 3) when I’m with my daughter. I’d like to get back into meditation and yoga, but I feel as though I don’t have time. It’s not true, of course, but I have a strange relationship with time, and the thought of “wasting” any keeps me from pursuing things that would, I know, make me feel better. It’s one of the things that bothers me the most about myself. I know there are things that could help make me less anxious, and happier, buy yet I avoid them because some obsessive part of me feels as though I don’t have time. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out one day… In the meantime, I’ll waste my time here, making dick jokes, ranting about the president, and chatting with porn stars.

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7 Comments

  1. Stella
    Posted March 22, 2005 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    “before enlightened, wash dishes,
    after enlightened, wash dishes”

  2. brett
    Posted March 23, 2005 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    “Do all your work as if you had a thousand years to live, and as you would if you knew you must die tomorrow”

    -Ann Lee (Founder of the Shaker Movement)

  3. Zombie GG
    Posted March 23, 2005 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    “Butt sucking, cunt licking, ass fucking masturbation”

    GG Allin

  4. mark
    Posted March 23, 2005 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    If I remember your lyrics correctly, Mr. Allin, it was “ass fuckin / butt suckin / cunt lickin / masturbation.” I guess you’re out of practice though, being dead and all.

  5. mark
    Posted March 23, 2005 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    And I’m glad that you decided to join in on this thread, and not one of the ones more appropriate to your legacy.

  6. mark
    Posted March 23, 2005 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I was right! I was right! I was right!

  7. Stella
    Posted March 24, 2005 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    “First ecstasy,
    Then laundry”

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