A walk in the middle of the workday
You can turn any insignificant errand into a mindful thing. Today, for example, I had to go to the grocery store. Instead of sitting in a car, I took the time to write down my grocery list, dress appropriately for the cold winter day, and get my shopping trolley.
Instead of taking the short route, I intentionally decided to go to a more distant store, where I could shop more for less, but — more importantly — where the walking path was nicer.
It was about a 5K walk to get there. I listened to a podcast with Steven Pressfield about his upcoming memoir, Govt Cheese.
I took deep breaths, the cold air filled my lungs, and I was relaxed.
As the cars filled with people in a hurry passed me, I noticed I was free. Free of their urgencies, just as I was free of the infinite scrolling of the people waiting at that bus station.
Nobody was waiting for me. I had no place to hurry to. THE WALK was my goal. And I enjoyed every step.
The joy is in the simplest of things if we take the time to be mindful and intentional about them.