Mindfulness Writing Prompts: How Scrubbing a Pot Changed My Day

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Mindfulness Writing Prompts:

How Scrubbing a Pot Changed My Day

It was getting close to dinnertime yesterday and the kitchen was still piled with dirty dishes. No one else had bothered to fill the dishwasher, which I had emptied that morning. I find it difficult if not impossible to make dinner in a dirty kitchen, GACK! So I was feeling pretty grump as I began to rinse the dishes, put them in the dishwasher and scrub a couple of pots left soaking from the night before. I could have used my own writing prompts yesterday!

I can’t complain too much, I am pretty spoiled. I do all the cooking but my kids and husband do the clean-up. It’s a fair trade but on days when I end up doing both, I feel gypped of my time. Yesterday, I was the one with the least amount of work to do. My daughter was home sick from school. My son and husband had gone off to collect sea water from a couple of kelp beds for my son’s science fair project. I certainly didn’t want to be in a wet suit collecting water samples in a winter ocean. Still, I was grumpy. It was probably a good thing I was alone in the kitchen at the moment.

I enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains out my kitchen window. Yesterday was a lovely sunny day, temperatures are finally warming up. In the late afternoon the setting sun begins to turn the mountains pink and gold. As I was scrubbing, I didn’t notice the view, I was intent on cleaning out the roasting pan. It’s a bitch to clean, too many ridges and dips that collect browned bits of meat and grease. The pork roast the night before was delicious. The pan, not so delightful, even after a good soak.

As I focused on scrubbing, enjoying the feel of the soap suds on my hands and the progress I was making on the grease, I looked up and was reminded of the view. I found myself completely absorbed in the moment, happy with my scrubbing and my mountains. All it took was this simple shift to mindful awareness of the present moment to get me out of my grumpiness and back into joyful contentment. Eventually I did get all the food bits and grease removed from the roasting pan, the sink scrubbed and dinner prepared (almond crusted tilapia pan fried in coconut oil).

Ahhh, I was back and ready to cook a healthy dinner for my family.

As you go into your weekend, pay attention to your mindful moments and your grumpy moments. Use them both to fuel your writing over the weekend.

Here are a couple of writing prompts:

  • What activities, other than meditation, remind you of mindfulness. Describe in detail how you feel when you are engaged in these activities.
  • What is making you grumpy? Write through your grumpiness back to mindfulness.
  • Describe a perfect moment that occurs this weekend.

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5 Comments

  1. divineimpacts on January 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Minette, great insight! I agree with you that with the simple shift of mind and attitude we can take something that at first seems aggravating and turn it into something that can be enjoyable, even theraputic! The mountains don’t hurt any! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been in Colorado now 2 years and love it! The mountains added to any situation just gets better! Great article!

  2. Amy on January 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Minette, thank you so much for this. I especially liked “All it took was this simple shift to mindful awareness of the present moment to get me out of my grumpiness and back into joyful contentment.” I think gratitude is the answer–when we start to count our blessings, then we are more liable to find contentment. Sometimes a nap helps, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Nanette Levin on January 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Funny, some of my most enjoyed activities involve tasks most might deem chores. It’s those quiet and mindless activities you note Minette, that tend to get my mind right. Things like mucking stalls, driving (when I was younger this used to be my favorite activity for figuring things out), weeding (or anything that involves getting dirt under my finger nails in the garden), cooking (great creative outlet for me) and even, yes, doing dishes as you note, provides an interesting opportunity for solace that helps to cleanse the mind. Thanks for the fun read.

  4. Charlotte Henley Babb on January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Love your mindfulness writing prompts. I am the world’s worst housekeeper and with the nest empty of significant others, the MESS is expanding. Gee, how did that happen? Thanks for dropping by my blog. Happy UBC.

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