mindfulness · podcasts

Mindful and Kindful #soul #heart #mind

This week on the podcast Happier With Gretchen Rubin, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth discussed single-taskingmaking a practice of doing only one thing at a time.  So, basically, mindfulness.

Mindfulness is my current obsession, so I love hearing it discussed.  And it’s discussed everywhere these days.  The trouble is, every day it gets easier to multi-task.  You can text in the car, using a dictation app.  You can watch a TV show on your phone while taking a walk outside.  You can write a blog post with a TV show on in the background (which I often do).

Tee, Teddy, and I just got home from a trip to Vegas for Thanksgiving; my mother traveled with us, and we spent the holiday with my sister.  It was a lovely trip, with lots of family togetherness and mini-adventures.  (Plus, when Thanksgiving is over, it’s officially time to be in the Christmas spirit!)

There were several moments during this week that I caught myself being sharp or testy, or nagging.  I think that being more vigilant about mindfulness would help with these situations.  When I’m multi-tasking, my attention is never fully anywhere, and it’s harder to stay in touch with my mind, my heart, and my body.  My nagging or testiness – these are tendencies I am aware of.  But I want to do more than just be aware.  My goal is to notice when I am feeling a certain way, and then to be kind and loving even when I am feeling aggravated.  I want to be mindful, and then I want to choose to be kind.

I’m all about mantras – I like having something simple that I can say to myself in moments of stress to remind me of who I am and who I want to be.  Today, I am trying out a new one: be mindful and be kindful.

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