Am I Doing This Right?
My morning started with the realization that we got more than a couple inches of snow and I was going to have to get the snow blower out for the first time this year. I bundled up and dragged it up the six steps from the basement. Then realized that I had no memory of how to start it. I called my co-owner. She couldn’t remember either. I finally googled it.
Once I got it started, I promptly shot myself in the face with the blowing snow. It iced me from the top of my head to my knees. It took a minute but I finally got it right. I’m sure my technique could be better but at least the sidewalk is cleared.
Parents and teachers often ask me, “How do I know if I’m doing it right?”
While some people might disagree with me, I strongly believe that mindfulness is a practice. Let me say that again – a practice. We learn by doing, sharing, and reflecting. Just like with any new activity you start, you learn slowly, laughing at your mistakes, and try again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually, even forget that you one didn’t know how to tie your shoes, get your balance on your bike, or scramble an egg.
So, just try the mindfulness techniques that interest you. Take a breath and try it again.
Here’s the real answer to the question if you’re doing it right?
When you finish a technique, ask yourself how you feel. Are you calmer? More peaceful? Did you have a flash of joy? If so, you’re doing it just fine.
All my love,