Want to talk little annoyances? Sadly, I had one recently without acknowledging the opportunity to be more mindful.
It was the latest IOS update on the iphone.
I did it right away – without much thought to the current mercury retrograde situation — and have been dealing with this lockout issue ever since. Basically, it takes me at least 6 or 7 tries of typing in my passcode for the phone to finally unlock. And each time I get that buzzing thing – you know, when the phone shakes NO — I get more frustrated which causes my dialing to become even less direct… so the buzz goes off again.
For days this went on –several failed attempts of trying to get into my phone. And as I’d punch in the passcode, the angrier I’d get.
Until I remembered the awesome comment my blogging buddy made on a recent post.
She suggested using our distractions as a reminder to return to the present. The post was on meditation, and the idea was rather than letting our thoughts continually drag us deeper into our heads, why not see them as a starting point to join the moment?
So much so that I’ve started to apply this technique to everything…well beyond my meditation cushion.
Like the phone situation.
Instead of freaking out that my phone isn’t reading my touch, take that opportunity to
A. slow down.
B. be more present.
C. practice patience.
So rather than let the annoyance get the best of me, I can turn it into something positive…useful even.
Here are 7 more annoyances that can be flipped into opportunities for mindfulness.
1. Standing in line at the bank while each customer up at the teller seems to be inquiring about a new mortgage.
Practice good posture.
2. Sitting in traffic. Crawling traffic. And you’re running late.
Notice your surroundings. Notice your reaction to your surroundings.
3. Cleaning up broken glass that’s shattered into tons of pieces.
Move slowly. Pay very close attention to your movement as you bend down and clean up the mess.
4. Being in a bathroom stall with a door that doesn’t lock so it keeps creeping open while you are in there.
Close your eyes. Inhale for 5. Hold the breath for 5. Exhale for 5.
5. Arriving at your parked car only to find another car is blocking you in.
Ground down into the soles of you feet. Lengthen long through the crown of your head.
6. Approaching the elevator just as the door closes shut, in your face.
Send good vibes to everyone in the elevator. And to all those in the building.
7. Your alarm goes off in the morning at what feels like 2 hours too early.
Remember how lucky you are, and all the good you’ve created in your life.
What are some annoyances that you’ve turned into opportunities for mindfulness?