10 tips for a mindful home

September 4th, 2013

If you can do the first one, the next nine take care of themselves.

1.Wake with the sun
There is no purer light than what we see when we open our eyes first thing in the morning.

2.Sit
Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.

3. Make your bed
The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.

4.Empty the hampers
Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.

5. Wash your bowl
Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.

6. Set a timer
If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone, set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand before the bell rings.

7. Rake the leaves
Rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.

8. Eat when hungry
Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.

9. Let the darkness come
Set a curfew on the internet and TV and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.

10. Sleep when tired
Nothing more to it.

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It’s Mindfulness Reminder Week on the blog. I’ll be reprising some of my most popular posts on mindfulness at home and work. To learn how to put the preaching into practice, come to the Plunge Retreat in Boise on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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11 Comments »

  1. Yes, yes, yes, I live and breath by these words!

    Comment by Roos — May 25, 2012 @ 10:34 am

  2. (oops breathe, I typed it overly enthusiastic :-))

    Comment by Roos — May 25, 2012 @ 10:35 am

  3. Clean, simple, sharp, inspiring

    Comment by Bill — May 25, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  4. I welcome your encouragement that if I rise with the sun,the rest takes care of itself.

    Comment by mj — May 25, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  5. It’s wild and wonderful how often we need to be reminded of this simplicity and beauty. Thank you for doing so — I’d forgotten — once again!

    Comment by Elizabeth Aquino — May 25, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

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  8. Amazing, thank you so much. Very practical an lovely :) Nameste

    Comment by Chris Hastings — September 5, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

  9. Thinking about this while working up a sweat cleaning my floors and vacuuming a beautiful rug. I realised that while I really love the rug, I resist cleaning it. “I can’t do it (good enough).” I keep telling myself (with a lot of things). I ask my husband to do it and am critical when he does. Today I loved the rug and cleaned it. Well enough, what might not be right can be done next time. Phew!
    (So your mindfulness messages are really seeping in over here.)
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Comment by Simone — September 6, 2013 @ 10:37 am

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