A Day of Mindfulness
I ran across this quote today:
“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.”
~~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
And I got this mental image of what that would be like. It’s been several years since i’ve taken a few days to go away for a bit, alone, to just be.
So I was thinking I’d do that after I retire in July, only I thought instead of going away, maybe I’d just set aside a day here.
I imagine what that would look like.
I get up in the morning and don’t turn on the computer. The house is in good order, and I make some special tea to start the day. Or coffee, fresh ground, with frothy milk, of course.
I fix a special meal, with pretty colors. Tomatoes. Tomatoes with olive oil and a little basil. Corn on the cob. Or squash. Zucchini and squash. Maybe a salad. A little bit of some whole wheat bread.
I invite a friend, and we eat slowly, turning our attention from the food to each other and back again.
When we finish, I wash the dishes, slowly by hand. I attend to each moment of the experience ~ my hands in the soapy water, the weight of each dish. I let my friend dry them, with gentle care.
Maybe we go for a walk. Not a brisk, exercise kind of walk, but a gentle stroll. We walk as if our feet are kissing the ground. Aware of the sky, the air, the grass and trees, the sidewalk. Aware of it all.
I spend some time writing. Not at the computer ~ where facebook and email pop up.
I write poetry. By hand. In my really cool notebook with sparkly unicorns. It may be bad poetry, but I like it.
The day stretches before me, full of promise and invitation. I think there is music. And dance.
I wear something flowing and fun. Something that moves with me, something that swirls and swishes.
I smile often.
When I slide into bed, I feel clean sheets against my skin, fresh and cool. I stretch, and feel my body relax completely. I fall asleep easily, and wake refreshed.
It’s a nice vision. All I need to do now is pick a day…