Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Books I am Unable to Lend Out

I have a few books I am unable to lend out because I open them so often. Whenever I am in need of inspiration or a reminder to let go or trust, Women, Food and God, The Tao de Ching and Just Kids are my resources. I open up to a random page and there are answers to questions I didn't even know I had.

The other day I opened up to a chance page in Meditations from the Mat, and there was the exact suggestion I needed from Thich Nhat Hanh: "When washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem silly: Why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that's the point. The fact that I am standing there washing these bowls is a wondrous reality. I'm being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There is no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there in the waves."

I'm really very good at multitasking, maybe too good. At work, I've noticed I might try and return an email in the space of time it takes the printer to print something out, I can talk on speaker phone in the car on my drive back from Santa Fe and occasionally I'll paint my nails while I'm watching a movie. Ok great, good to know, I can multitask. Now I am interested in finding out if I can monotask. I've been practicing monotasking for a couple of days and I can tell you honestly: I am not bored on long drives, I do not need to think about anything but sleep when I lie down at night, and watching a movie without looking at Facebook in the middle is truly enjoyable.


Courtney C said...

This is very helpful Ash. Thank you.

Ashleigh Beyer said...

You are SO welcome Court! Thanks for reading. :)xo

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