Last week I was on a blog radio program with Kathryn Yarborough, creator of Flowing with Change www.flowingwithchange.com and we talked about some simple techniques and tips on how we include more spirituality in our daily lives.
The first area is your daily chores. Kathryn loves to cook mindfully. For example when she is cutting vegetables she notices the colors, textures, smell and how the knife feels in her hand and then deliberately cuts the vegetables really appreciating the process. I tried this the other day and it was fun and interesting. One of my tips is to wash the dishes mindfully. As you are washing the dishes or pans notice the soap bubbles, the water, the feeling of the dishes in your hands. It makes doing this chore so much easier and faster. The other day I was surprised when I done. Kathryn also folds laundry mindfully. Any simple, daily chore can be turned into a meditative task by being mindful while doing it.
Another technique Kathryn shared is to look at something and say “This too is God.” (or Source or Goddess) This is amazing in how it can shift how you feel about something. For me it enable me to appreciate the object just as it is and realize it’s perfection. It can also make me appreciate where the object came from and how many people touched it for it to get to me. For example, I was looking at my printer and said “This too is God“. I appreciated the job it does for me, how it came to me and I consider how it was invented. The complexity is amazing and awe inspiring.
Finally, daily meditation. Kathryn actually leads daily meditation practices so that she will do the practice. When you commit to someone else you have to show up. This is why accountability partners works. I sign up for Kathryn’s meditation practice so I will do it. It doesn’t take long and having to show up helps me to integrate it into my life.
I hope you will try some of these and let me know your experience.