I enjoyed washing the dishes last night.
And the night before.
What has happened to me??? I have HATED washing dishes from the first time I was asked in the late 70's or early 80's. Most nights, I will leave items in the sink that I can't put in the dishwasher until the next morning. I don't want to deal with it.
I find I never completely finish the project of cleaning the kitchen. And my husband will attest to that. There are many activities that I don't finish but that is a topic for another day.
But for the last two nights, I noticed it was actually a calming activity. (Could it be related to the fact that my youngest daughter had major meltdowns during homework on these 2 nights as well?!) Time will tell.
I was alone in the kitchen, no distractions and I just focused on washing, and rinsing and stacking to dry. It was such a peaceful process. I took time with each item until I was done.
I remember Oprah talking to Eckhart Tolle about being in the moment and that is just being with whatever you are doing, in that moment. They discussed walking up stairs and while doing so having no other thoughts about anything else. It takes practice to do this. No phone, no worrying about the future, no worrying about the present, no frustrations about the past. Just thinking about each step as you climb.
This mindfulness "stuff" can really change your life. I had gratitude for washing dishes.
Holy crap. : )