Friday, August 19, 2016

Observing

Part of being mindful is just watching. I see myself watching my kids. I see the receipt I forgot to say no to. I see myself crumpling it up and putting it in the recycle bin.

I pause. I remember the receipt is coated with BPA. I see myself pick it up and put it in the trash bin. I resolve to avoid more receipts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mindful anger

I got angry. My daughter was tired and cranky, and we were both hungry. We got home and found the driveway blocked, both yards covered with leaves and a big mess back there, along with the fact that the tree trimmers were not supposed to arrive yet.

I yelled. I railed at the world. Halfway through, I caught myself - here, this is anger. I'm really angry. I'm feeling it. This is me angry - a tightness in my chest, shoulders hunched, neck tight, brow furrowed, breath forced. Breathe - this is definitely less big a deal than the weight I give it now, but I'm not ready. I am enjoying my anger, this feeling of indignation, of "how could they?!"

Then I get perspective. Someone says, you know, those are nice guys, just talk to them. Someone says, don't yell at me. My daughter looks on in awe, wondering what is next. I sigh, I drift back down to earth. It's ok. It will be okay. It was okay. Here, now, we can get through this.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Jetlag and mindfulness

After travel, I lie awake in bed, unable to sleep.

This is jetlag - I tell myself, if I don't sleep now, I will nap during the day and the cycle won't end. The kids and my schedules will be off. I fear the chaos that may come.

Then I see, allow our bodies to rest. Even here in bed in the middle of the night, I can remember to be mindful. This is a good time to meditate as long as I want in bed, a time to sit and reflect, to just be aware of the busy-ness about me, to breathe and enjoy the silence of the night.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mindful while sick

It is very difficult to be mindful while ill. Especially the congested sore throaty kind. With kids. On a plane. In the middle of the night.

Still, it offers an opportunity to rest, drink all the water I want and need, meditate, and not worry about the kids so much.

Avoiding the extra plastic is difficult as well, with all the disposables on board. We brought our water bottles to use, and some cloths to wipe hands, but the rest is as it is. Flying itself is the least green of travel choices, so we will offset this trip and plant some trees, then avoid air travel for a while!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Mindfulness and the recycling bin

Each place has its own recycling system, but most differ from the United States - separate everything seems to be a motto. When recycling is separated well, it is less contaminated, meaning more can actually be recycled when sorting happens.

So if you have just been dumping everything into your bin straight after use, give it a mindful once-over. I'm going to gently rinse my ice cream boxes, scrape out peanut butter jars, bag my paper bits, and generally be a little more careful about what goes in the blue bin. This makes a good opportunity to see what is coming in and going out as well. The family will have to play along, too!