Thursday, March 03, 2011

10 Tips for a Mindful Home

Last year, my husband cut this list out of Shambhala Sun magazine and put it on our fridge.  I look at it every day.  I love it so much, that I wanted to post it here! The list was compiled and written by Karen Maezen Miller who has an awesome blog called Cheerio Road.  Check it out if you have a chance.  And now, "10 Tips for a Mindful Home".

This is all worth repeating.

Wake With the Sun
There is no purer light than what we see 
when we open our eyes first thing in the morning.

Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.

Make your Bed
The state of your bed is the state of your head.  
Enfold your day in dignity.

Empty the Hampers
Do the laundry without resentment or commentary 
and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.

Wash Your Bowl
Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess.
If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.

Set a Timer
If you're distracted be the weight of what's undone, 
set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, 
devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand until the bell rings.

Rake the Leaves
Rake, weed and sweep. You'll never finish for good, 
but you'll learn the point of pointlessness.

Eat When Hungry
Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.

Let the Darkness Come
Set a curfew on the internet and TV and discover the natural 
balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.

Sleep When Tired
Nothing more to it.


christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I absolutely loved this- such wise words and I couldn't agree more about the bed making one- if I don't, I feel so out of sorts. Beautiful post!!

Appletree said...

that's so true. why are those simple things so hard to do sometimes?

Lisa Fergus said...

Oh, I LOVE this!!!! Thanks for sharing!

happygirl said...

Thank you for sharing this. So true. Btw, if I had a laundry room like that one, I'd do laundry all day long.

fifi said...

Anyone know where I can get a wall hanging like the one in the 'Make your bed' picture? It's beautiful.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Love the simplicity of this. Life is far too complicated. It's good to slow it down and soak in the good stuff. Laundry too :)

Design Elements said...

beautiful and inspiring

a Broad said...

This is so wonderful, just what I needed.
I find myself more scattered than usual lately and this brings a nice calm with it .. Thank you ~

S and O said...

ooh these are awesome tips...I love the last one :)
great to keep in mind!

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Laura Trevey said...

Definitely "make your bed"... it just makes you feel better :)

Wendy said...

Excellent! Thank you for sharing. Maybe I need it tattooed on me somewhere....