Each time you open a door, take a few mindful breaths.Those are very good suggestions. I recommend that you look for other possible prompts throughout your day that will help you center and focus.
When the phone rings, pause for a moment to let it ring. Listen to it. Relax before you pick it up.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Using prompts throughout the day
I've had much success over the years in using environmental prompts to bring me to mindfulness. Back when I was training myself to say the Jesus Prayer (a form of mantra meditation) I reminded myself to say it whenever I looked at a clock or my watch. Another prompt was fastening my seatbelt. Still another was sudden noises - such as a school bell or a siren. Prompts are recommended in the little book a told you about a few days ago - Self-Meditation by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Here are two examples: