Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mindfulness Training

I've signed up, informally, for a free 8-week course in Mindfulness. In order to keep myself on track, I will be blogging the experience here...the good, the bad, and the I-can't-do-this-shit. 

If you'd like to join me, click here for the course. 

I've downloaded and assembled the workbook and watched the required videos for week 1, commencing with an exercise of mindfully eating a raisin, which I didn't have in my pantry so I cut up a date into very tiny pieces. It worked, sort of. The exercise actually depressed me because he takes you through a sensory experience, which includes thinking about the life and death of the raisin (he uses the word umbilical cord to describe the part of the raisin where you can see a teeny tiny stem from when it was a grape). He also talks about the laborers who picked and dried the raisin...then he invites you to eat it slowly...

So far though, I’m into this and only dreading the silence and boredom of meditating…I’ve tried for years to commit to a meditation practice only to wind up bored out of my mind…or continually interrupted, as I am right now, by my children and/or cat. 

I have to sign off now. The cat is sitting on my lap top and the oldest child has entered my office in her unicorn pajamas. 

Stay tuned for my adventures in Mindfulness.

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