Then, one day I realized that it was a time only for myself. No one came to interrupt me because they could see I was busy. I also didn’t look at my phone or email the entire time because my hands were always wet. I quickly saw that it was an opportunity to get some “me” time. I would come away from the experience feeling grounded, calm, and clear.
I think there are often tasks in life that we look at as burdensome, but really can be opportunities to quiet the mind. Washing the dishes has often been a favorite pastime for me and I think it’s similar to washing the car. Because I’ve noticed this, I often try to turn a boring situation around. For example, when I am called to do a repetitive action like stamping envelopes or clearing out an excel spreadsheet, I think of it as a moving mediation. It’s mindless, but I try and make it mindful. I try and not think about when the task will end, but instead just focus on each physical movement.
When I do things like this, I often come out of the experience clearer, more grounded, and certainly happier than when I went in. This week, I got some new microfiber dust cloths for cleaning my car. Not only do they look like a great quality, but for the meditation sake, I can’t wait to start using them!