I haven’t posted in two weeks because we were on vacation last week. The exercise from two weeks ago was to take three mindful breaths every time the phone rings.
I did this exercise for the first few days and it was good. But then we went on vacation and I totally forgot about it. Even when we got back, I couldn’t really get back into it. So this week’s lesson isn’t about the exercise itself. It’s about the way that even a practice built up over several months can fall apart with the slightest deviation.
Our habits of mindlessness and living blindly have been built up over a lifetime. They’re deeply ingrained in our psyches. The way we think, the way our mind wanders, the way we sleepwalk through a day of errands and chores: all of these things are a part of who we are. It takes a very big effort to change those patterns. And you will inevitably have setbacks. That’s just the way it is.
But that’s the great thing about the commitment I made to post about my experience. Because here I am, reminded again that I want to be mindful. So I’ll start over this week and try harder. And I hope you will too!
This week’s exercise is: “Loving Touch: Use loving hands and a loving touch, even with inanimate objects.”