Practising Mindfulness (Yoga Challenge: Day 7)

I missed yoga today.

But I was supposed to. And you can take that sentence two ways: I also really missed practising and the benefits of that daily routine.

Today was a rest day (6 on, 1 off) and today I practised being mindful in everything I was doing. I did a little bit of work this morning, sent out some emails, and ran errands. When I came home from town I started working on a new vegetarian recipe (Quinoa Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce) from a cookbook I recently got from my cousin. And then I made Banana Bread (impressed, Mom?), which is baking in the oven as I type. I am happy to say that I didn’t think about anything else the whole time and I remained 100% present to what I was making. If you read my guest post on you’ll learn that this isn’t always the case and sometimes I end up burning food into oblivion.

Mindfulness makes the meal, not great ingredients.

Lesson from Day 7

Remain present in the small things: making a cup of coffee, buying groceries, talking on the phone (come on, we’ve all had conversations and hung up and not had a clue what the person said). Each of these activities will become pleasurable and fulfilling in their own ways. Often we rush through the monotony and everydayness of life and miss out on the lessons and blessings that come with these things. That cup of coffee will taste a thousand times better if you close your eyes and sip it with intention instead of downing it while you work at your computer. At least do this for the first sip.

I’m off to enjoy those Quinoa Cakes with Banana Bread for dessert. They’ll taste that much better, no matter how they turn out, because they were made with love and intention.

© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.

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