Mindfulness: Be relentless

iStock_olaser_000016500732MediumIf you’re striving toward taking 10 minutes to start your day with prayer but aren’t quite there yet, consider blending prayer into the more mundane aspects of your day, says Mary DeTurris Poust in Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality (Penguin).

“Decide on one activity you’ll do with total mindfulness today,” she writes. “It can be a mindful meal, a mindful cleaning project, or a mindful wait at the post office.” Poust notes that we must be “relentless” about our mindfulness, not allowing a cell phone or other distraction to worm its way in. She gives examples of how mindfulness becomes prayerfulness:

Contemplative cooking: Think about where the ingredients came from and the people involved in getting them for you. Pray silently as you chop vegetables or stir soup.

Driving: Don’t turn on the radio. Notice the world around you; pray for those in cars around you. While stopped, pray for the intentions of loved ones.

Walking: Be attentive to where you are walking, the weather, your breath. If you are downtown on a lunch hour, look at the buildings you normally rush past.

By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our FaithClaretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the Best in Class award in 2013 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past four years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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