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A Year of Mindfulness: Practice Mindfulness When Waiting


Here we are half way through the month of March. Spring is definitely in the air. Last week we were asked to practice loving touch as part of our year of mindfulness. Doesn’t spring time seem like a perfect time to practice loving touch? New growth is pushing its gentle tendrils through the ground and tender buds are ready to burst forth on branches.

Think about how you approach these tender new shoots when you see them. Perhaps you gently cup them in your hands or tenderly touch them with your fingertips. Definitely an act of loving touch.

Were you able to use loving touch throughout your week? I must admit that I did not do very well with this practice. Other than using loving touch in the most common ways, I was not very present when it came to other situations, like putting away the dishes. Once in a while I caught myself. But more often than not presence was not with me last week. That’s okay, however. Mindfulness comes in steps.

This Week’s Practice: When Waiting, Practice Mindfulness

Okay, this could be another tough one. The basic premise of this week’s practice is to take those moments when you are waiting and use them for deep breathing, meditation, prayer, or some other act of mindfulness.  So, instead of occupying your time with a distraction, such as texting, checking email, or getting annoyed, take this time to practice mindfulness.

This practice, like many of those we’ve already discussed, require that we return to the present moment. Waiting is one of those activities that makes many of us uncomfortable. We don’t like to wait. We don’t like to find ourselves in a situation where we could be “more productive.” Waiting implies stillness, slowing, or not moving.  In our hurry-up and rush, rush society, waiting is considered a burden. When we are asked or “forced” to wait, we don’t know what to do with ourselves.

With this practice, the phrase “hurry up and wait” may take on new meaning.

ReflectionThere is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting. – J.G. Holland

(And I couldn’t resist this one for the giggle: I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in only 10 minutes. -Steven Wright)

5 thoughts on “A Year of Mindfulness: Practice Mindfulness When Waiting

  1. Amy, you are a little ahead of me in the book but I dabble with the future reading your blog! Nepal is a place where lots of waiting can happen so this post was very timely. I mainly practise this waiting for the computer to do something! We have electricity in 4 hour batches so you want to make the most of the time and it is hard not to get frustrated but reading this helped. I am on the compliments week, so:
    Thank you for the time and thoughtfulness you put into sharing in your blog. I really appreciate it!

    • Wow Wendy, it sounds like you definitely have a great example of being mindful while waiting. I was not aware of the electricity situation in Nepal. And here we complain when the power goes out for a few hours once in a while. I admire you living in a country with such challenges though I’m sure the rewards are much greater. It certainly makes us appreciate what we have. Glad you continue to enjoy the book.

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