I have an app on my kindle that I enjoy playing. It gives me intellectual stimulation as I decide strategy and goal. But it also involves a lot of waiting and responding to the screen. prompts. In many ways it is very mindful because I can really look at the graphics…appreciate the talent of the designers, But it can waste a lot of time. I normally multitask….I will tap away while I watch TV. This morning I wanted silence but rather than just tap away I decided to get on my exercise bike. This is obviously mindful movement….but its also good therapy for my arthritic hip.
I got to the end of what I wanted to do with the app…and discovered I had pedalled away fro 30 minutes!!
30 minutes when parts of my body were moving….when I was aware of my body moving. 30 minutes of keeping my brain stimulated ( while avoiding news reports that have a bad effect on my blood pressure. ) 30 minutes of enjoyment which ended with a huge sense of achievement. If I hd set OUT to cycle for 30 minutes I would probably not have managed it. Keeping my brain moving in a mindful way helped my achieve something special.
No its not ‘pure’ . mindfulness of breath and body…but I’m not a buddhist monk. I was ‘in the moment’ for those 30 minutes….and I’ll take that as a win