Off the Mat Yoga

How to Turn Your Chores Into Meditation

There was an incredible discussion happening over in the PBYP community about this the other day, and I wanted to extend it out to you all as well because I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. 

I think most of us immediately equate “mindfulness” with “time consuming,” and I’m learning more and more that this is not true at all.

For example: I always rush around my kitchen like a maniac at the end of the day to clean up, get rid of dirty dishes, load/unload the dishwasher, wipe the counters, vacuum the floor, etc. (I’m a liiiiiittle particular and need my house to be clean so I wake up to a peaceful, organized space.) And I realized how stressful this felt and decided to do a little experiment… I really felt like this cleaning blitz took 30-minutes which is why I felt so hurried. I decided to time my usual hurried routine and only clocked in at 9 minutes. Totally NOT 30 minutes! So I slowed way down the next night and just eliminated the rush. Slowing down, the process took me the SAME amount of time! I couldn’t believe it, so I did another experiment…

Do any of you have a pre-bedtime routine? Wash face, brush teeth, moisturize, etc? We all have some version of one. I do, and again— I noticed how aggressively I was washing my face, and brushing my teeth at a speed like I was trying to qualify for olympic trials. Just being totally RUSHED for no reason. I felt like all of this took at least 20 minutes. So, I timed the hurry: 8 mins. I slowed down the next day and it took 9 minutes.

Forcing myself to pay attention to the times where auto-pilot takes over (and not for the better) allowed me to find where mindfulness can live in my daily life. It’s a work in progress, but I think it’s getting better. I’m not frazzled when I do silly, small things like emptying the trash cans or something, you know?! I also noticed this when I went to the country earlier this year because I had to slow down– there was nothing else do to! It felt like such a gift to be able to just notice life happening in the moment.
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Ask yourself in your day-to-day activities: where am I rushing off to? Why am I hurrying through this? Where am I trying to GO? Where can I slip in little intentional moments of mindfulness? Sometimes we have appointments and obligations, and I’m not talking about the times where we have to hustle a little bit. I’m talking about the daily activities where tension and stress are our default settings. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Over to you! Have you ever noticed or tried to actively pause and reflect and even change? Where do you hurry needlessly? Do share!

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4 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Amanda

    July 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Yes! I think also that doing chores in a spirit of love helps enormously. For example, in our household, there was an agreement that I would do the laundry and my boyfriend would do the dishes. Well, he slacked off on the dishes, and it was irritating because he hasn’t done a load of laundry since we met. But as soon as I decided that I would do the dishes because I loved him, as a favor so that he wouldn’t have to do them when he got home, it became no problem. I think the same approach might work for those self-care “chores” (brushing teeth, for some reason, feels like such a hassle! (but I still do it. always. for the record)), if we do them out of love for ourselves.

  2. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    July 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Loved this discussion on PBYP!

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    Miriam

    July 19, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Wow, so true we should all try to slow done and do our routine activities more mindfully, just stop, take a deep breath and then do what we have to do without stress! 🙂

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    Lisa Rogers

    July 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Love this! I HATE doing dishes and when I do I can feel myself having a visceral reaction to the task. I’m trying to be more mindful in the 15 minutes it takes me to do them and use that time to reflect.

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