Tuesday, July 13, 2010
the mindfulness project
In church on Sunday Matt outed me (although I don't know that anyone noticed). I am starting a mindfulness project. I am horrible at being mindful. Ask my kids how many times a week (OK, a day) I lose my keys. Ask my husband how many cups of coffee I misplace. Ask me where my head is at any given minute...and chances are I don't know.
It drives me crazy. There's a good chance it drives my kids crazy. Matt is very kind, but deep down I know that some days he would like to strangle me with my key chain (metaphorically, of course).
I know everyone is doing a project. There is Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project. There is A. J. Jacob's The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically. Then there is Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. And, of course, there's the book that started my project-reading craze, Julie and Julia. Then there are zillions of little people like me starting their own little projects.
So, what I am saying is that the last thing this world needs is yet another year-long project. And I am aware of the fact that I am perhaps a bit cliché for doing this. But I'm doing this for me, and if my idea is tired and old and cliché, so be it. I'm not even entirely convinced I'm going to blog about it. This little project may best be kept under wraps and in between the pages of my journal. I haven't decided yet. But I have decided, at least, to introduce you to my project, and if you have any ideas or thoughts, please feel free to offer them.
Here's the plan: I am going to take on a bit of mindfulness each month and then I am going to research it, live it, and write about it. Here are my ideas so far (in no particular order):
Journaling (I do think this will be my first month's project. I already journal, but I would like to be more consistent, and I think I might do better with mindfulness if I sort of reintroduced myself to myself.)
Eating (I would like to learn to savor my food rather than snarf it.)
Relationships (i.e., being totally present with the people I am with and not writing a blog entry while listening to Matt talk about his day. Not that I am doing that this very second. Nope. Not me.)
Keys/Putting Things Away (this should gift me with at least 30 extra minutes a day).
Prayer (I am the queen of distractibility when I am trying to pray. I can go from prayer to my to-do list in approximately 3.5 seconds.)
Nature (not sure what this one might involve--staring at trees? studying flower petals? spying on ants?)
Affirming thoughts (One day I listened to myself talk to myself, and I decided I wasn't a very good friend to myself.)
I realize that is only 9 months worth of being mindful. That's where you come in! Any other ideas? In what other areas could I focus a month being mindful?