Washing the dishes to wash the dishes
A couple years ago I picked up a small book, called 'The Miracle of Mindfulness' by Thich Nhat Hanh. As a person who just started diving into the world of mindfulness, meditation and awareness, I found this book to be a helpful guide in beginning practising these methods in my daily life. As often, I read everything proposed in this book and I take some and leave some, however the way Thich Nhat Hanh explains very difficult and vague practices, that is by telling everyday stories from his own life, he somehow makes it easier to understand what mindfulness and awareness entail.
Also the notion that one should focus on meditation one hour a day and leave it by that, pursuing the rest of their hectic day as one normally would. He instead, promotes awareness and mindfulness during the whole day, with everything you do. This start with just being aware of yourself, your surroundings, your actions, your thoughts and observe them, without judging or changing anything. So to be mindful, be aware, be present.
One particular chapter on Washing the Dishes really intrigued me;
Being present is something I struggled with a lot, more so in the past than now, but still I catch myself either questioning the future or thinking of the past. I found that when I am surrounded with people I connect with or when I am doing something I am passionate about, it is much easier. However when times are difficult, I am feeling insecure or stressed or do not know what I want in life, I slip back into the habit of forgetting the present moment and either regret my decisions and actions in the past or keep thinking of what I should and have to do in the future.
It is a journey I am happy to go on.