The Mindfulness of Multitasking
As we get started here on the official last work week of winter, I find myself trying to accomplish 108 things at once -- typical behavior especially for a Monday morning in New York City.
"Slow down" I try to remind myself. Focus on the task at hand, and do one thing at a time. Procrastinating still, I remembered a great article, written by my friend Mary Mann via YOGANONYMOUS, about becoming more mindful about multitasking. Reading her article put me at ease and made me giggle at myself a bit, I wanted to share it with you below:
[via YOGANONYMOUS] The other day I was standing in my kitchen. With one hand I was typing on the computer, which was resting on the island. With the other I was attempting to pry a slice off of a loaf of frozen bread with the first clean knife I had found â€“ a viciously sharp paring blade.
It just so happened that what I was typing was a google search for Thich Naht Hanh, searching for a saying I half-remembered and wanted for an article that I was writing. After clicking on a promising link in the google list, I grasped the loaf of bread, which was being difficult, with one hand and drove the knife into it with the other. With my eyes on the computer screen, I didn't see the knife imbedded in my palm until after I felt it â€“ a deep throb of pain and black-cherry blood from the pad at the base of my thumb.
This was what I had been reading:
â€œWhen we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.â€
Hopping around the kitchen and clasping my injured palm in the universal oh-my-god-this-hurts-so-bad dance, I glowered in the direction of the computer and muttered a brief fuck-you to the enlightened being whose quote floated on the screen.
Sometimes messages from the universe are so clear as to be deeply annoying.