Today, while reading some articles on the net, I came across Karen Maezen Miller’s blog post about a mindful home. I find it very beautiful, especially when taken figuratively and I think that we can all learn something from it. It sometimes takes a lot of willpower to build new habits! I hence wanted to share Karen’s 10 tips here with you:
- Wake with the sun: there is no purer light than what we see when we open our eyes first thing in the morning.
- Sit: mindfulness without meditation is just a word.
- Make your bed: the state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.
- Empty the hampers:do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.
- Wash your bowl: rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.
- 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.
- Rake the leaves: rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.
- Eat when hungry: align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.
- Let the darkness come: set a curfew on the internet and TV and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.
- Sleep when tired: nothing more to it.
Here’s wishing you an excellent week!