Mindfulness, anytime, anywhere...
To me, one of the most spectacular thing about mindfulness is that you can do it anytime! Anywhere! With anyone! Or anything!
Mindfulness is simply the practice of being fully present in the moment. Sometimes I attend Agape, a spiritual center here in Los Angeles ~ and one morning one of the pastors talked to us about mindfulness. He had been worrying about an anticipated problem for weeks ~ one that didn't ever come to fruition. After it was certain the problem was only imagined, he reflected upon his worry. He had been living in the past ~ assuming the problem would arise because it had done so before. And he was trying to live in the future ~ always a futile effort ~ trying to predict what would happen. We all do it, but of course in reality we also all know that it is impossible to predict.
So at that moment he poured himself a bowl of his favorite granola with almond milk, filled a mug of hot tea, and sat down alone at the table to eat. He decided to intentionally make it a thoroughly mindful meal, an exercise in relaxation after his weeks of feeling tension. All he focused on was each bite in his mouth; savoring the almonds, enjoying each crunch, inhaling the sweet smell of cinnamon and the cold vanilla almond milk. He took long sips of the hot tea, relishing the sensation of it sliding down his throat and the spices making his tongue prickle a bit. He heard the LA birds chirping outside his window and felt just the slightest breeze on the back of his neck. He looked around his kitchen, keenly observing the little details his wife had added, things previously unnoticed. He thought of how many times he had sat at that table and noted how many things he felt as though he had literally never seen before.
So there he sat. Mindfully immersed in eating his cereal and drinking his tea and appreciating his surroundings. Not thinking of the past, not thinking of the future, just being fully present and mindful in the moment.