It was around 8 a.m. in the morning. I had just worked out and was famished. I decided to go into a Dunkin Donuts to grab a coffee and egg sandwich. The guy ahead of me in line is ordering a box of 12 donuts…ONE DONUT AT A TIME. I’m famished. I’m running through my to-do list in my head, impatient, mentally tapping my foot. The chatter in my head: “Really, does it really matter which exact combination of donuts would be perfect? Does he not realize that my time is important? Etc.”. My hunger is now making me “hangry” (hunger induced anger). I consider asking the lady at the counter to see if someone else can help me while the guy carefully designs his perfect dozen-donut-combo-as-if-it-was-a-meditation-in-donut-selection.
Suddenly, my eyes land on the little girl who is in his arms — specifically her beautiful dark curls. They’re a shiny, dark brown, perfectly shaped. I am fascinated by their beauty. I look up and notice gorgeous big brown eyes and plump little arms around her dad’s neck. All of a sudden, the chatter in my mind and the tension in my body gave way to a relaxed presence.
Noticing beauty has a way of bringing us back to the present moment.
This week’s mindful practice is to notice beauty. It can be found in a child’s laughter. It can be found in the sparkle in someone’s eyes. It can be found in a flower, a butterfly, the changing of colors in autumn. It can be found in art. It can be found in design. It can be found in architecture. It can be found in sunrises and sunsets. It can even be found in wrinkled faces like I photographed on my trip to Tibet (see some of my pictures here). All you need is to start each day with an intention to find beauty.
Wishing you a beautiful and mindful week!
P.S. One-Minute Mindfulness are short reads that give you a practice a week so you can experience being mindful in the activities you’re already doing. If you’d like to learn and create mindfulness habits with teammates and friends, please share this link to sign up.
P.P.S. I would love for you to share your experience or questions from this practice in the comments below.