Wednesday, August 4

Mindful Monday: "Ten Tips for a Mindful Home"

Karen Maezen Miller is a priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Meditation Center of Los Angeles and an author of several books and articles that I have learned a lot from and enjoy. She is a fine writer who cuts through the junk in our minds with a sharp, spare style.

Karen wrote a piece called "Ten Tips for a Mindful Home," published in the March 2010 issue of Shambhala Sun as well as in a 2013 post on her blog, Cheerio Road. It shows her keen insight into cultivating mindfulness in the daily routines of home life. These tips are exactly what they seem, more than what they seem, and then exactly what they seem again.

I confess that currently I manage only four of these diligently and daily. And today is another day to start again.

Ten Tips for a Mindful Home
by Karen Maezen Miller

If you can do the first one, the next nine take care of themselves.

1. Wake with the sun
There is no purer light than what we see when we open our eyes first thing in the morning.

2. Sit
Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.

3. Make your bed
The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.

4. Empty the hampers
Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.

5. Wash your bowl
Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.

6. Set a timer
If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone, set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand before the bell rings.

7. Rake the leaves
Rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.

8. Eat when hungry
Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.

9. Let the darkness come
Set a curfew on the internet and TV and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.

10. Sleep when tired
Nothing more to it.

What are you noticing about the routines of your daily life?

Coastal Dawn...

for Mindful Monday

© October 13, 2014, post: Donna Pierce
Photo credit: Coastal Dawn, Daniel D'Auria, 2010
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