Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mindfulness During the Commute

Here's an idea from Lewis Richmond's Work as a Spiritual Practice that complements our discussion of achieving a moment of mindfulness at work by listening:

See if you can spend even ten minutes on your way to or from work just listening without making any judgments at all, without honking back when someone honks at you, without turning on the radio to block it all out. If you read the paper on the train, trying folding it up. If you are one of those people whose briefcase is open the minute you board the bus, leave it closed. You have another job to do now, the practice of pure listening. (p. 94)

Give it a shot and let me know what you hear.