It’s been a long harsh winter here in my part of southern Australia with low minimum temperatures recorded. Winter being my least favourite season, the cold and greyness has seemed never ending. This week, I re-discovered these beautiful words from Lewis Carroll which gave me a much needed lift. So with the promise of Spring in the air and with these words ringing through me, I’ll venture into the garden for some much needed ‘therapy’.“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll
“The changes that mindfulness brings to your life aren’t instant. Be patient. They come gradually, slowly, almost invisibly. “– Tamsin BishtonI hate housework! It’s a gene inherited from my mother. Such a surprise then, when over the course of a month or so, I’ve experienced moments of pure happiness while washing the dishes. Not only moments of happiness, but a vivid awareness of colour, reflections and texture, not experienced before. So where have these moments of happiness come from?
I’ve posted before about my thirty year flirtation with meditation which became daily practice in early 2014. In the three years since, I have experienced benefits while at other times I’ve asked myself, has life really changed or am I just imagining it? Well, I think that question’s been answered. As Tamsin Bishton said, the changes “come gradually, slowly and almost invisibly”, and I think I agree with that.
“We can cultivate our well-being by concretely applying mindfulness to our daily living” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Do you apply yourself to informal mindfulness, or like me, has your focus been on sitting practice?
When I look back over 30 plus years of meditation, I wonder why it’s not produced better results. In all fairness, the first thirty years I only practised off and on. The last three years, my daily commitment has been very strong. For all that, I think I’ve bombed out a little on taking meditation and mindfulness into daily life, into the very place it needs to be. So, next step for me is setting up reminders, or prompts. Wonder how I’ll go …
What about you, do you practise mindfulness in everyday life? Want to share what you do, the successes and the challenges?
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. We have caused a lot of damage to the earth. Now it is time to take good care of her. We bring our peace and calm to the surface of the earth and share the lesson of love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
In writing his description of a Walking Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to live in awareness of how much we take from the earth, the damage we do to it, and how much it freely gives us. A timely reminder to lift our game as we welcome Earth Day.