Sunday, 1 June 2014

A moment of mindfulness

After a wonderfully busy weekend of having 2 lots of friends come to stay (6 children aged 6 and under between us!), and all the catering, chatting & eating that that entails, I decided to take 5 minutes on my own in the garden while the boys watched some telly with Daddy before bed.

"Mindfulness" seems to be the current catch-word, and something that I am really not very good at. I have got into the bad habit of permanently multi-tasking, and very rarely do I take the time or even think about taking the time to just stop and be fully aware of what's going on around me.

So I sat down on a garden chair outside and spent 5 minutes focusing on each of my senses:

Sound: birds singing, a wood-pigeon cooing, distant sound of road traffic, the faint sound of an aeroplane

Smell: freshly mowed grass (Mr W did the lawns once our friends had left), faint smell of BBQ coming from a neighbour's garden

Taste: lingering taste of a piece of lemon drizzle cake, yum!

Touch: the smooth rattan of our garden furniture, cool spikeyness of the freshly cut grass under my bare feet, the undulations of the baby wriggling in my tummy ( no longer kicks and punches, more like a giant snake trying to get out!)

Sight: wispy white clouds against a blue sky, birds flying overhead, the trail left by the distant aeroplane, a little wagtail looking for bugs in the grass, total stillness with not even a leaf or a blade of grass moving

Five minutes of mindfulness...lovely. 

I really must think to do it more often.

A perfect end to a lovely weekend.


  1. It's funny how we're all good at doing different things at the same time but rubbish at keeping still even for just five or ten minutes. This has reminded me to slow down and practice a bit of 'mindfulness' today....Have a lovely week! x

  2. So well put, I enjoyed reading this post and it is a good reminder to us all to take time out and really be in the moment more.
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox