It surprises me sometimes to think about how many things I do on a daily basis while also doing something else. I eat breakfast while checking email. I pack my kids’ school lunches while the cat eats and I add to my grocery list. I take a shower while mentally adding and subtracting to my to-do list.
It also surprises me to think about how many things I do on autopilot, without really thinking about what I’m doing. Laundry goes from washer to dryer. Dinner dishes are rinsed and put in the dishwasher. The dog is walked three times a day. Sometimes I get to the end of my day and wonder how I got there!
Today’s meditation kept me in the moment. No multi-tasking. No autopilot. I focused 100% on the cup of tea I was drinking. I noticed the colors of the mug. I felt the warmth of the mug on my hands. I saw the steam rising. I tasted the tea. I felt the tea warm my throat.
I wasn’t checking email. I wasn’t imagining my schedule and wondering if I could wait until tomorrow to go to the grocery store. I wasn’t reading a book or brushing my hair or walking from room to room or any of the other countless little things I do on a regular basis. I was just drinking my tea. In the moment and mindful.
As Sharon says, “Mindfulness isn’t difficult; we just need to remember to do it.”