Mindfulness: Sixteen Steps

Today’s blog post prompt  is “stairway”. One of the mindfulness exercises we do during our mindfulness meditation retreats is walking mindfully up a staircase, step by step, paying full attention to our inner sensations with each step we take. It is a form of mindfulness meditation and has the added benefit that it also gets a few muscles working, as opposed to walking our meditation labyrinth or our island-meditation-steps. 

Going up a staircase also made me think of the steps needed to complete a task mindfully:

  1. Do one thing at a time
  2. Read/listen carefully to the instructions
  3. Divide a task into small easy-to-accomplish steps
  4. Give each step your full attention
  5. Allocate a specific time span to each step
  6. Undertake each step to the best of your ability
  7. Go for quality, not quantity
  8. If the steps are repetitive, develop a ritual
  9. Notice your progress step-by-step
  10. Be grateful for each step successfully completed
  11. Review your performance with each step
  12. Own your task
  13. Complete your task
  14. Note what you have learned while doing this task
  15. Celebrate the completion of the task
  16. Take time out between tasks

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“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”
Vance Havner

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15 Replies to “Mindfulness: Sixteen Steps”

  1. What a wonderful way to break it down in to understandable and doable steps. I think sometimes people get scared off by the term “mindfulness,” thinking they will “do it” wrong. this is a great way to approach the start of any project or any day!

  2. what a great way of approaching something – each step leads to the next until you finish the journey – loved it 🙂

  3. I’m prone to burnout and I have short attention span so no. 4 and 13 sounds difficult to me. Any suggestion how to overcome burnout and short attention span? Thank you.

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