Focus: This present moment is filled with calm

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Remember your parents saying, pay attention to what you are doing. That is focus and awareness. Let us peruse a little deeper.
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I was doing laundry, a mundane chore with three small kids that never ends. While folding and putting away clothes, I felt rushed, wanting to be done, anxious about the day ahead.
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Stepping back,  I was reminded of my purpose, helping the kids with clothes, with school, with life.
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Now, I paid close attention to the article of clothing in hand, folding neatly then placing in the dresser.
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The next pair of pants consumed my consciousness as my nervous system slowed down.
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My mind had slowed along with my breath. An easy feeling of calm arrived as time dissipated.
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The chore disappeared as the present moment filled my vision.
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We have to apply our mindfulness practice to bring it alive, off the cushion as the Buddhists say.
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Take a task like preparing a meal, gardening, yoga, or a mundane chore for practice.
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Slow down, try to enter the task. Ask yourself why are you doing this task or chore?
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If you find there is no good reason, better to do something that has purpose and be in the present.
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Pay attention as you slow the cutting of vegetables for dinner. Focus on the knife, feel yourself slice that cucumber slowly.
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You are preparing the best meal possible with the current ingredients.
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Observe time dissipate as you enter this meal preparation.
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