Thursday, 4 June 2015
Day 4: Daisy, daisy
Day 4 and I went in search of a quiet, green space to do some mindfulness homework. I've started a 4 week course (one hour a week) and one of the tasks is a daily breathing exercise.
There's a lovely square in the city where I sometimes go to watch the squirrels. They were much in evidence today and, being a warm, sunny day, so were lots of other people. Not so good for quiet contemplation. Instead I decided to combine two of the other tasks: spending time with nature and a mindful activity.
As there were lots of daisies around, I sat on a bench and focused on making a daisy chain, something I haven't done for many years. The feel of the stem between my fingers, the moist feeling as my fingernail sliced through the stem to create an opening for the next daisy in the chain. I was completely absorbed in the moment...until a young family came and sat on the bench next to me - well, benches are in short supply on sunny days.
Still, it did the trick and I felt wonderfully calm and relaxed. This is one activity I'll be finding time for again, particularly as Chickpea has confessed that she's always struggled making daisy chains.
Embracing my inner hippy.
Enjoy the rest of your evening. I'm off to wrap my Dad's presents as it's his birthday tomorrow. x