Thinking of time spent on Mindfulness practice, 1% of anything is not very much, is it? Well, not maybe all of the time, like how much I forget what people tell me. It’s probably more but I don’t remember.
1% of anything is not very much, is it? How much of a day is 1%?
Well, if you do the math, it is 14 minutes
worked this out for their members:
14 minutes of Mindfulness practice
OK. Let’s make a list of all the things you can do in 14 minutes, according to my schedule (your mileage may vary):
- wash the kitchen floor
- water the plants in the greenhouse
- make a shopping list
- read a chapter of my current book, Annie Proulx’s Barkskins
- bathroom sink and shower tidy up
- iron 4 articles of clothing
- shop at the local supermarket
- shine a pair of shoes
- plant 3 pots of basil
- pick sycamore seedlings out of the driveway
- ride a wave
- deadhead front garden daffodils
- do a Facetime with my daughter
- Take a walk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW5S-PJL7A0&t=11take a walk
- detour through Denburn Woods
- prepare an easy meal for 2
- make a rhubarb smoothie from garden to glass
- Make 3/4 telephone calls to arrange appointments
- vacuum living room carpet
- eat a meal
- sew 2 buttons on
- listen to a symphony
- research a topic for my blog
- get a loaf of bread started in the breadmaker
- much, much more
I am sure you can add plenty more. Please put some ideas in the comment box below to share.
What eMindful suggested is for people to devote 14 minutes (as much as you would spend dusting daily) on Mindfulness meditation. It seems so little, but it easily gets over the knotty question of ‘How long should I meditate?’. I would say for beginners, that it is not how long you meditate but the discipline and quality of your precious time spent.
The people who argue most that they don’t have time Mindfulness are the ones who need it the most. A bit like Dave Here:
Please tell me what you think about 1% or Bust. I will answer everyone.