Mindfulness for teachers: meditative dishes.

I have been trying to add to my morning a brief meditation to support my practice of mindfulness as well as to slow down my overactive brain. Sitting still for 15-20 minutes as an observer without reflecting, moving or planning the day can be a challenge. I have found it hard and although it is my goal to meditate each morning for 15-20 minutes I have needed to break it down to a more realistic objective.
My tools: dirty cups and plates.
Time: 8.30 am
Place: Kitchen
Objective: practice 3-4 minutes of mindfulness
I have recently discovered a joy in doing the washing up (the dishes)! I now leave a couple of cups and a plate or two from the night before and while the water is boiling for my morning tea I mindfully do the dishes. I listen to the water, observe what I am doing and practice being present. If I catch myself reflecting I bring myself back to those dishes. It’s just a few minutes at a time. But I have been doing it every morning for the past two weeks. The result? Today when I attempted to sit still on my arm chair, close my eyes and meditate I did it for 10 minutes!

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