I should be practicing mindfulness more frequently these days. I spent much of last year’s Interpersonal Neurobiology coursework learning about the value of being in the moment, of being mindful of simple, everyday acts. We even practiced the mediation of mindful walking and I could see its value in my daily work with middle school kids, many of whom need to have that sort of modeling to help them relax and focus.
But, of course, I get sucked into the go-go-go vortex which is the modern middle school life, as well as the modern corporate/business/daily life model. I’m juggling a number of demanding hobby activities, attempting to get a writing career going, managing my family, as well as an extremely demanding job this year. Mindfulness went right out the window, except for brief moments when skiing or schooling Mocha.
Yesterday I was in a situation with a kid where I needed to be mindful. I needed to be quiet, centered, and there for the kid. Without really thinking about it, I took some deep, calming breaths and told myself “I am here.” And you know what? It worked. Maybe not for a long term, but it worked.
Reminder number one.
This morning, I came across this article in the New York Times about mindful eating. I thought about it. Decided that today I am going to find moments of mindful action, both in dealing with my writing, my family management stuff, my paperwork, my students, and my colleagues.
Reminder number two.
I’m hoping I don’t need a third reminder. I have a feeling it might be–erm, uncomfortable.