Hey- remember that one time I mumbled about wanting to live my life more on purpose? I rambled on about wanting to live more intentionally…I finally have some direction now! Last week, my girlfriend Julie, at Am I There Yet?, posted about some book, “How to Train a Wild Elephant” and it’s activities. Well, I got it- I read the intro and the first activity and….I’M IN. #ProjectMindfulness
Each week will be an “activity” to focus on and it will somehow relate to keeping me more mindful. The book does a great job explaining what mindful is and to me, it means being present. It doesn’t mean being slow, or withdrawn, or over careful. It’s about being awake to what you’re doing at each moment of your day. It’s not surprising to think if I could do a better job of this, I would be happier and less anxious.
So I’m jumping on the bandwagon and doing this with Julie- this way I have someone to talk things over with, laugh with, and have someone to understand when I might not be able to do the task at hand. I would like to point out the irony of this endeavor, Julie’s blog is titled “Am I There Yet” which is perfect, mostly because her blog is a running blog but also because she’s someone I know who is always trying to improve herself, her lifestyle, her outlook. I really like being around people like her. It’s funny because mindfulness may mean not pleading the question, “am I there yet?”
This weeks task is call “The Non-Dominant Hand.” Just like it sounds, this week, I will try to be a LEFTY, I imagine this will wake up different parts of my brain. I will be constantly learning, because while my right hand might be 25, my left is more like 3. The book perfectly explains a situation I found myself in today- it described how even when I might try to use my left, my right might swoop in without me realizing it to get the job done, much like an older sibling might keep a younger one from a learning opportunity with a, “let me show you how it’s done.”
I kept a small red x on my right hand to remind me to let my left do most of the work. Of course I’m not using my computer mouse at work with my left hand but I did put my tea on the left side today- no spills! I did almost poke an eyeball out trying to put mascara on though. The hardest thing (so far) was locking and unlocking the door to our place with my left hand. The most pleasant surprise has been how ambidextrous I already am. I realized today there are a lot of things I already do with my left hand as far as picking things up, checking the time on my phone, and putting toppings on my salads at the salad bar goes.
So here goes- using my left hand for the rest of the week- you should too! && Let me know what you think. We can do this!! #MindfulMondays