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Meditation is ideal for those who feel they do not have time for a formal
sitting or walking meditation practice. It is easy to fit it into your
daily schedule and it is simple to learn. Benefits include improved performance
and enhanced enjoyment of whatever activity you choose to practice with.
Over time, Working Meditation can be a powerful tool for improving both
your internal, and external environments.
There are several
criteria to consider when choosing an activity to practice Working Meditation
with. First is the length of time. Choose a task that takes between 2-30
minutes to complete. Choose an activity that you have to do anyway, but
that usually you might consider as wasted time. Choose an activity that
you do not usually enjoy. Some suggestions are: driving to work, washing
the dishes, brushing/flossing your teeth, watering plants or doing yard
work. Avoid the temptation to try to do long drawn out jobs as a working
meditation. Concern yourself with the quality of the meditation, not the
quantity. It is much better to do a 5 minute Working Meditation perfectly,
than 2 hours fairly well. Only when you find that lengthening the duration
of your Working Meditation actually improves the quality of the meditation
should you choose a longer job to practice with.
Although you can do
a Working Meditation anywhere, or any time, it is best when learning to
choose an activity that is performed privately or independently.
The attitude with
which you approach the job you have chosen is very important. Consider
the following story, as told by Joseph Campbell - Three men are working
together on the same job. An observer asks... "What are you doing?"
The first answers, "I am working." The second answers, "I
am laying bricks." The third answers, "I AM BUILDING A CATHEDRAL."
your Working Meditation is, determine to set about the activity with as
much awareness and joy as possible. Incorporate as much yoga into the
work as possible. As you work, breathe diaphragmatically. Make a game
out of creating the most efficient, fun and flowing movements. Make each
gesture a dance, moving as though you were practicing Tai Chi. Do not
let the mind wander, keep bringing it back to the job at hand. Do not
let any tension accumulate, either mental or physical. Take frequent breaks
if necessary, for 15-30 seconds to stretch and enjoy your surroundings.
Smile from the inside out, and put away all thoughts of trying to Finish
by a certain deadline. Make this one chore the highlight of your entire
day, and resolve to do it PERFECTLY. Make washing the dishes an act of
The more energy and
awareness you put into your work, the better the results, the less tiring
the work is, and the more satisfaction you receive from your work. Working
is an opportunity to practice and enhance your powers of concentration
and meditation, and a chance to celebrate life. At first do this once
a day, with a small project, and as you see the difference in the enjoyment
of the chore, not to mention the quality of the work, and the satisfaction
that accompanies a job well done, you will want to practice this Working
Meditation more often throughout the day, every day, with joy and awareness.
Note: To enhance your
practice, before undertaking your meditation, try doing 5 -20 minutes
of yoga, with a 5 minute relaxation. Stretch, yawn, stand up slowly, and
then turn your mind to the task at hand.
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