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  • Writer's pictureEsther Cross

You can be mindful whilst washing the dishes


It's all too easy for us to get caught up in thinking about we are going to do next - the next task, the next meeting, what's happening next week. What about now, what about being here in this moment in time rather than looking several steps into the future?

The majority of people say that they don't have time to look after there own well being. They believe that meditation, yoga, tai chi etc., will eat into their day. So what if I told you that you don't have to attend classes or join groups to be mindful? Every day tasks give us the opportunity to practice mindfulness, including washing the dishes. All it takes is for us to really focus on what we are doing right at that moment. Take washing the dishes for example. Listen to the sound of the water as it fills the basin or sink. Watch as the the bubbles multiply when you add washing up liquid. Think about the temperature of the water - how does it feel against your skin. Simple tasks such as making a cup of tea, changing the bed linen or painting a fence give us the chance to stop and think about what we are doing - to be present in the moment and not rushing to complete the next task.

Our own personal well being is important - without it, we can end up running on empty. So the next time it's your turn to make a brew, or wash the pots use it as an opportunity to be in the moment.

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