The month of March began with a mindfulness practice that asked you to take a breath before picking up the phone. Specifically, we were asked to take three breaths before answering the phone. However, knowing that may not be feasible for your situation, taking at least one breath before answering the phone was just as good because the main point of this practice is to put some space or a pause between you and the activity.
How did you do?
If you couldn’t try out this practice before answering the phone, were you able to use it before engaging in another activity such as replying to a spouse, partner, or child? Taking this pause can be very handy when your normal reaction might be to sigh or say something snarky in response to a question or comment. It brings you to the present moment and helps you from being re-active.
This Week’s Practice: Loving Touch
I find this practice very interesting. In this practice we are asked to use loving hands and a loving touch with everything in our environment, including inanimate objects.
Now you might find this a little awkward at first but think about it. We using loving touch when we touch babies, lovers, pets and crying children. We touch with tenderness and care. Yet how often do you use loving touch when bagging your groceries, emptying the dishwasher or packing your suitcase?
Mindfulness of loving touch expands our awareness of how we touch things and how we are touched. This is not limited to just the touch of human hands. This can include our clothing, food, drink, the wind, and the floor beneath our feet.
So this week, be mindful of touch. Touch all things with loving kindness.
Reflection: Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia