Look at the book I got in the mail. I’m super excited!
The d.school website says the book is “full of unconventional and practical ways to help you bring creative approaches to any challenge you face.” How cool is that? I wish I were on sabbatical, so that I could immerse myself in what seems like amazing fantabulousness. But, sabbatical or not, I’m gonna experience the fantabulousness one way or another.
I read through the table of contents the other day and decided to jump in with assignment number 46 – Micro-Mindfulness Exercises. The micro-mindfulness that struck me was mindfulness of doors. The suggestion is that we take a pause and a breath — however brief — as we walk through doors.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? Turns out, it’s not. I’ve been thinking about it, planning on doing it, for days now. I walk through TONS of doors as an educator. Some days it seems I am constantly walking through doors. Of the million times a day that I go through various doors, I think I have stopped to pause and breathe, twice. I exaggerate the million, but the 2 pauses and breaths is quite accurate.
As I do with my students when we practice mindfulness together, I’m taking the time to ask myself some questions:
- Why aren’t I pausing?
- .Are my mind and body in the same space, or am I rushing through the day, thinking of the next moment, the next task, the next thing?
- Might it be that I’m not rushing, but at the same time that I’m not totally present?
- What might I learn about myself, my day, my pace, my breath, my mind, as I notice how difficult this is for me to accomplish?
- How did it feel to take the pause and the breath the two times I did?
- How might I — if I want to increase my mindfulness, my pause, my breath, my reflection, my peace — help make the pauses and breath possible? How might I remind myself to pause, to breathe, and to be present?
It’s so very interesting, that even failing to accomplish the mindfulness of doors, has brought a bit more mindfulness into my life. It’s beautiful, because it’s about the process and the mindfulness. It’s not so much about the pause and the breath at each door — though they would probably be a gift.
So, I continue to aspire to mindfulness of doors, and as I live and pause and breathe — or not — I will continue to reflect.