Meditation Mondays: Mindful Meditation is great for the multitasker
In the city that never sleeps, spare time is often among the rarest of resources, and thus, paradoxically, while meditation might be the best medicine for a New Yorker’s cluttered mind and burdened body, the notion of blocking out time to meditate can seem nigh impossible.
Well this week, Mary’s back to put our tightly-wound minds at ease with a trick that’s great for the multitasker. According to Mary, “mindful meditation is becoming much more popular and can be practiced during any activity, anytime, simply by bringing awareness to it with words, and one of my favorite Buddhist zen Masters, Thich Nhat Han, has dedicated his life to teaching us how.” Here are a few examples of she practices Mindful Meditation: “while washing dishes, I simply repeat for the duration of the activity the words ‘I am washing dishes with joy and gratitude.’ While walking through the park, I repeat, ‘I am walking through the park with joy and gratitude.’ While chopping vegetables, I repeat, ‘I am chopping cucumbers with joy and gratitude.'” Simply repeating the words can be a powerful tool for centering oneself and promoting a calming awareness, without the time investment that many can’t afford. “To reap the zen benefits,” Mary says, “just give it a try throughout your day.”