Friday, January 19, 2018

Tangerine Mindfulness

Mr. Awesome and I recently started listening to The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. As if to illustrate how far away I am from a robust mindfulness practice, I initially downloaded the book so I could listen to it while I was working on some rather tedious work. One of the first chapters of the book is about washing the dishes. Do you wash the dishes to have clean dishes, thinking of more pleasurable activities that await once you finish the task, or do you wash the dishes to wash the dishes? Whoops.

Later, he relays an experience eating tangerines under a tree with someone he knows. His companion is eating his tangerine, talking of plans and the future. He puts a piece of tangerine in his mouth and immediately tears off another piece of tangerine to have at the ready. Thich Nhat Hanh tells him that he ought to eat the piece of tangerine that he has already taken. Basically, enjoy what you have, be present with it, savor it, don't fast forward through it in preparation of the next thing. 

So here is a reminder to me and all of us: