Yesterday I mentioned that I was going to attempt to use mindfulness when washing dishes not knowing that is where @SharonSalzberg would have us go today. I found comfort and peace in the slowed down mechanics of washing dishes. The circular motions of washing plates helped me tune into my breathing, focusing on the feeling of the water, the dishcloth, the plate. I did find that in some instances I started to speed up thinking it’s taking me forever to get this done, then I remembered I was trying to be in the moment. And I would slow down. Take another breath, and concentrate on the task at hand.
I’m not a fan of washing dishes. But I am getting to be a fan of taking time, during everyday tasks, to center myself. When I have a cup of coffee, when I’m washing dishes. Finding little snippets of time to practice mindfulness is helping me have pockets of time during the day where I’m more present in the moment and not focused on yesterday or tomorrow.