Everyone took something different away from this workshop. Mindfulness is a highly individual endeavour. For me, the analogy of not being alone in the shower was striking. My mind is always whirring away with conversations playing back, recitations of to-do lists, forgotten tasks breaking through reverie with a sudden 'Oh damn!' coming out of my mouth reflexively. No, I am never alone in the shower. I really liked the exercises involving movement too (remember, I hate stillness). So walking slowly in bare feet is something I'd like to try.
It's funny, I remember unwittingly practicing some of these techniques in my loneliest days of caring at home. I recall peeling potatoes in the sink and really looking at my hands. I concentrated on the rhythm of the motion and I savoured a grateful sense of pride that I was feeding my family in this work. Now I know to call that thoughtful intention 'Mindfulness'. Now I know that it can soothe anxious hearts, painful joints, lonely thoughts - mindfulness has the potential to accomplish that beautiful magic trick of helping us to care for ourselves and our loved ones at the same time.