I contributed 3 chapters to the book and today I'd like to share with you one of my contributions.
The book is packed full of 365 (one for each day of the year) very practical, simple and useable ways that you can make contact with your spiritual self, your soul, your higher guidance .. whatever that is for you.
by Anne Aleckson
When I found out all the things a daily mindfulness practice could do for me – such as training my brain and improving my memory, helping me gain better control over emotions, increasing my capacity for compassion, and even helping to manage pain – I knew I had to find a way to practice mindfulness every day. But how could I squeeze yet another activity into my already jam-packed to-do list?
The answer came at the kitchen sink.
I could use the time that I was washing the dishes for practicing mindfulness rather than spending that time letting my mind worry about the future or ruminate over the past.
I invite you to join me in this practice. Here’s how to do it:
Once the sink is filled with warm, soapy water, put your hands in to the bottom, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths in and out. While you are breathing, become aware of the water – how it feels and how your hands feel in it. Keep your focus on what you are feeling in your body, particularly in your hands as they become one with the water. Now, start doing the dishes with awareness. Notice what you are doing. Be aware of what each dish or utensil feels like. Look at each item with a new interest and awareness. If other thoughts come into your mind, just notice them and bring your focus back to the job at hand until it is complete.
Without taking any extra time out of the day, this mindfulness practice brings a triple benefit: the dishes are done, we feel relaxed and stress free, and (as I discovered through my daily practice) we are building a stronger connection with our soul.
I encourage you to try this little daily practice of mindfulness ... and invite you to share your own process for connecting with your Soul in the comments below.
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