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MINDFUL LIVING: IN THE HOME

10 Tips for a Mindful Home

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

Sit
Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Sleep when tired
Nothing more to it.


—Karen Maezen Miller

Originally published in the March 2010 issue of the Shambhala Sun.



RELATED SHAMBHALA SUNSPACE BLOG:


The Laundry Line: A blog on everyday dharma by Karen Maezen Miller

SEE ALSO:

Karen Maezen Miller: Do Dishes, Rake Leaves (And Don't Forget the Endless Loads of Laundry)




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