Mindfullness on my Mind

I wake up, it’s Monday, and my goal for the day is the be “mindful”. I read an inspirational article about it in bed last night.  Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment,[1] which can be trained by meditational practices that are described in detail in the Buddhist tradition. It’s so commonly used these days, I have to give it a go.  It’s pretty simple really. You focus on one thing (chewing your toast) without being distracted (by your Whatsapp messages).  It’s being in the now without thinking about yesterday (feeling sad the weekend is over) or what’s happening next (doing the dishes after your finish your toast). So it’s 7:30am (and by miracle Oscar choose today to have a sleep in) and I sit down with my coffee and toast and start reading the paper online. Oh! That’s not right, right? I should just be eating toast and not reading at the same time…? Focus. The Mind.
I shut down the computer and chew. Nice toast. Crunchy. Peanut butter. I stare into space. Then another bite. Then, “mamaaaaaa I am awake…. ohh mamaaaaaa” Oscar wakes up! I guess I was pushing my luck thinking he would sleep in till after I finish my mindful toast eating, so I quickly finish and flush down my toast with coffee while I run upstairs…. I’ll keep trying!

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