Sandie over at itchifingers posted this list of Zen Things on Facebook yesterday.
- do one thing at a time
- do it slowly and deliberately
- do it completely
- do less
- put space between things
- develop rituals
- designate time for certain things
- devote time to sitting
- smile and serve others
- make cleaning and cooking become meditation
- think about what is necessary
- live simply
What can I say? It's a list and you know how I love lists! Joking apart, I think this approach is just what I need to sort out myself and my life. I've already worked out that I need some routine in my life and I know that I tend to take on too much. I have a butterfly mind and am easily distracted (!) so things sometimes take longer than they should because I'm trying to do too many things at once.
I started with this approach yesterday. I finished my teaching commitments and had to sort out my invoices and all the associated paperwork, something I don't like doing and which usually takes me two or three days to complete. Well, yesterday I focused on one thing at a time, didn't allow myself to get distracted, completed each task once I'd started it and allowed myself breaks in between each task. The end result, as you'd expect, is that I got everything over and done with yesterday morning and it's a big relief not to have it hanging over me at the start of the holiday. And I still had time in the afternoon to do some photos and visit friends, and to go to a cooking demonstration last night.
Today has been a little different though and I admit to mainly concentrating on no.4 and no.8! I've done absolutely nothing and have spent all day so far just lounging on the sofa. I don't seem to be able to get my brain in gear today for some reason.
I'd like to get back to doing some daily meditation. I got out of the habit when I was caring for Ced, but I think it's time to revisit it. It did make a difference back then, and I'm sure it will do now. It's time for some positive changes and I have the next eleven weeks to focus on this approach and see the difference it can make.