karen maezen miller’s tips for a mindful home.

Wake with the sun.
There is no purer light than what we see when we 
open our eyes first thing in the morning.

Sit.
Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.

Make your bed.
The state of your bed is the state of your head.
Enfold your day in dignity.

Empty the hampers.
Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and 
have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.

Wash your bowl.
Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess.
If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.


Set a timer.
If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone,
set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery,
devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand
until the bell rings.

Rake the leaves.
Rake, weed or sleep.
You’ll never finish for good,
but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.

Eat when hungry.
Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.

Let darkness come.
Set a curfew on the internet and tv and discover
the natural balance between daylight and darkness,
work and rest.

Sleep when tired.
Nothing more to it.

–Karen Maezen Miller

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