Tell me, my friend, did you save last week’s microholiday wallpaper to your phone? Did it remind you to “Relax yo’ face”, come out of your noisy mind & reconnect with your calm? A bunch of mamas told me this visual cue helped them reset & refocus on the fly so they could engage with their kids in a more nourishing way – so cool!
This week we’ll bring our practice of present moment awareness to something we Mums do a sh!t tonne of – washing.
SNORT, YAWN, BOOOORING! I know, I know!
But suspend your disbelief & give it a go, as despite how you might feel during the exercise (bored, irritable, skeptical), the proven benefits of daily mindfulness practice are OH so worth it – less stress, reactivity & shouting, more patience, compassion & connection.
And if we can sneak a cheeky practice into our daily routine instead of having to make extra time for it, well all the better, right?
So here’s this week’s microholiday: Mindful Laundry
Whenever your washing machine beeps at you this week (which in my house is every-damn-day)…
- Gift yourself a deliciously full breath. Notice any irritation or frustration that arises at having to stop what you’re doing to complete a chore. Simply observe these thoughts, letting them pass on by in their own time like clouds moving through the sky.
- Grab your load of wet washing & sink into your senses as you carry it to the line. Notice its smell & weight, & feel the muscles in your arms engaged. Take note of the colours, smells & textures as you hang your garments on the line. Notice the patterns, creases & shadows. Observe the neat lines of stitching, the way the fabric falls & how cool it is to touch.
- Whenever you realise you’ve been carried away by a train of thought, congratulate yourself for noticing! Then use your breath as an anchor to return your focus to your present moment experience, again & again & again. If skeptical thoughts like “This exercise is weird!”, “I’m not doing it right!” or “How can this be helpful?” arise, let these pass on by like clouds moving through the sky too, & refocus your attention on the exercise.
- Continue to focus on your breath & the stimulus from your five senses until all of your washing is hung out.
And that’s it! A simple but effective way to sneak in an attention strengthening practice, so that more & more often we can stay present & respond rather than react when parenting sh!t hits the fan.
So go ahead – set this week’s pic as your lock screen wallpaper (move & scale to fit your screen) & use it not only as a reminder to take your “Mindful Laundry” microholiday, but also as a prompt to BREATHE & GET PRESENT whenever you see it.
Onward, rad mama!
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