Mindfulness Monday: Exercise #3


Last week in my effort to become more mindful, I embarked on Exercise # 2 from Jan Chozen Bays book, How to Train a Wild Elephant. My mission to "Leave No Trace" in our bathroom (post-glamorization) was very successful. Did Mr. Something notice? I think not. But none-the-less, it was I who benefitted (?) most. The bathroom stayed tidy and it didn't take but a few seconds out of my day to keep it that way. In fact, the practice continued to other rooms of the house. Win-win.

I think I need more outside activities

This week's exercise is to become aware of the use of "filler" words like ah, uh, you-know, like, um and eh. I have come by "eh" quite honestly though as the Canadian in me just won't let it go, eh? I don't think I use these words a whole lot, but this week I will take the advice offered in the book and enlist the help of family and friends in helping me identify their use.

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Heather said...

I had a teacher in 8th grade that used to get on our case when we used the word "yeah". (Yes is the ONLY acceptable response there). He also sort of forced us to cut out the ers, uhs, hmms, etc out our speech. He would tell us to instead keep our mouths closed until our thought had been formed. Our mouths were not like cars. They didn't need warming up. LOL

Those lessons have stuck with me to this day and I think, at least, I rarely use those "warm-up" words. LOL Good luck!