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The Mindfulness Experiment

April 21, 2012

I had originally planned on beginning my discussion on mindfulness this week. Unfortunately, this week has been filled with distractions. First, Uncle Sam and the state of Alabama insisted on having my full attention at the beginning of the week – this was the first time in a long time that I procrastinated on my taxes. I hope the state spends my money wisely.

Second, all I have to say is: Because Its The Cup. Yep, the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has had my undivided attention most evenings. The only thing that has been keeping me from watching games is yoga class. The Preds were the first team to advance to the second round as of last night. So far today (Saturday), no one else has wrapped up their series yet, although as I type this the Blues seem to be on their way.

In addition to taxes and hockey, at the urging of a friend I opted to torture myself during a Kinesis class mid-week. I’m still sore three days later…

Luckily I have had some time to ponder this mindfulness experiment. I have decided it will take two forms. The main experiment will be based on How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays. The book itself is an outline in becoming more mindful. There are 52 week-long experiments.

While working on the book’s experiments, I also want to be more mindful and appreciative of my workplace. I work for an art museum (the Birmingham Museum of Art) and, quite often, I simply go to work and go home. Our museum is pretty amazing, nationally and internationally known. Sadly, I never stop and look around. It’s my goal to take a look at a couple pieces in our collection a week.

Can’t wait to see how this turns out. If nothing else, it ought to be interesting.

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