By Lisa Wellington | Lynnwood Times Contributor

Always start with where you are.  You don’t need to overthink it.  Intentionally be aware of the present moment with the task at hand.  Start with a daily routine habit/task as an anchor. Walk through your sensory experience as you move through the action at hand. What can you Taste, Touch, Smell, See, Hear?  Describe it in your mind as you are:

  • Washing dishes
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Fixing your morning coffee
  • Washing your face
  • Taking a Shower
  • Walking the dog
  • Climbing the stairs

Be fully present to what you are doing. Don’t multi-task. Uni-task. Doing this routinely will build a neural pathway of remembrance in your mind/body. This level of focus and attention will calm your nervous system and allow you to access this relaxed focus more easily and skillfully in even more high-risk situations or times of conflict. You’ll become less reactive and more skillfully responsive.

REFLECTION QUESTION: What do you notice when you regularly practice applying Mindfulness to a daily task? 

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