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Mindfulness and Gratitude during Mundane Mommy Tasks

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My dear friend Miriam has inspired me to be mindful during May. See the post that started my mindful journey – Combining Mindfulness with Kindness.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

*Taken from Greater Good – Read the full post on mindfulness here.

 

I’ve been experiencing life from moment to moment. If my son and I are building a puzzle, I’m totally immersed in it, not worrying or thinking about dishes or checking something on my laptop. It has changed the way I experience life, even the mundane things. I’m still a work in progress and I have to admit that I’m not mindful all the time, but I am aware of those moments. I try to recalibrate my thoughts immediately and immerse myself in the moment again. I’m sure this skill will improve as time goes on.

 

I have also been grateful for tasks that I would usually do begrudgingly:

I am grateful for a house to clean; because it means that we have a roof over our heads.

I am grateful for dirty dishes; because it means that we had something to eat today.

I am grateful for a dirty floor; because it shows that we played today.

I am grateful for dirty laundry and laundry to iron; because it means that we have more than enough clothes to wear.

I am grateful for a chatty toddler; because it means that he is learning more about his world.

I am grateful for dog hair on everything; because it means that I have more to love.

I am grateful for laughing children; because it means that my children are having fun.

I am grateful for having to put the toilet seat down before I use it; because it means that I have a partner to share my life with.

 

What are you grateful for today? Let me know by commenting below!

 

Love and blessings today and always,

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Mindfulness and Gratitude during Mundane Mommy Tasks

  1. Reblogged this on Out an' About and commented:
    Turning the ordinary everyday things into the extraordinary and being mindful in May is the focus for me right now and my friend and fellow blogger Lindsay has written about it beautifully here. Go check out her lovely blog …

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  2. Lindsay, This is fantastic! Thank you so much for this. So often I resist the mundane mommy tasks and this gives me fuel to find peace with them again…particularly while I’m in the midst of packing and moving. I so much needed this! Great work. I, too, love Miriam’s blog. Glad she re-blogged you today!

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    1. Hi there! It is so nice to meet you. I hate doing dishes, but giving them meaning has helped me deal with them and change my attitude towards doing dishes. I hope your new home brings you lots of joy and happy memories. 🙂

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  3. Great post! I love this community! It’s funny because your the second blogger this week that has inspired me to look at the mundane things (mainly housework) differently! The other blogger pointed out the same perspective and said in her post she refers to it as trending to the house so she thinks of it in a more tender way instead of a nuance. I needed to hop on board that train! Even though I can do a bit better by not letting my random inspiration distract me so much, I’ve done much better this week than the past two since I’ve been off of work and each day it’s easier to just get it done so I have more time to dedicate to what I want to do. I’m thankful for sticky hands to clean because that means little bellies have been filled.

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    1. It’s so funny how many people are in sync and the moment. I often find two or more bloggers address the same or similar issue on my reader. I can’t say that I’m perfect at it yet, but I’m trying. I love what you’re grateful for 🙂

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  4. Great post, Lindsay. Mindfulness definitely works with children. When things are a little crazy in my preschool class, I tell the children to close their eyes and pick a flower, then smell it with a long and deep breath. Then, I tell them to hold up their candle (finger) and blow it out. We do this three times, smelling the flower and blowing out the candle. It is AMAZING how calming and focusing this mindfulness activity is.

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