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It’s day two of the 31 Days of Mindfulness Challenge and today’s task is to read for one hour. What’s more mindful than setting a timer for sixty minutes, grabbing a good book and getting lost in the pages? Mindfulness through reading a must!
Day Two: Read for One Hour
“An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.”
– Thomas Wharton
For all my readers out there, today’s challenge is my gift to you.
As someone who believes reading is one of the most underrated, simple pleasures in life, setting aside an entire hour seems like a slice of heaven.
Unfortunately, as of late my reading has been secluded to a few minutes here and there while I’m eating breakfast or lunch. And, if I even think about picking up a book before I go to bed, I’ve got a solid five minutes before my eyes become too heavy and I’m ready to call it a night.
My plan is to start my morning with an hour of reading. It seems self indulgent to start my day with one of my favorite activities but if I actually want to stay awake, it’s my best shot… not that I have to twist my arm too much. 🙂
As a mindfulness practice, reading forces you to pay attention. We’ve all been there when you end up reading the same line seven times because you’re just not comprehending what is being said. or your mind is wandering in every direction, not paying attention to the next word on the page. I find that in order to fully enjoy the story, I have to fully commit to the book; drown out all the other distractions and get completely lost in the pages. What’s more mindful than that?!
If you’re joining in, share what book you’re reading in the comments! I’m always looking for more recommendations 🙂
All our best,
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Jenny Young says
Yeah!…I actually have problems limiting my reading. When my son was a toddler he began to cry when he saw me pick up a book. That’s when I realized that maybe I needed to be be more present for him!
I’m reading so much right now.
I plan to memorize Psalm 63 so I read it every day.
I’m reading ‘the Gentle art of Domesiticity’ by Jane Brocket because I’m following along with one of my favorite blogs this year as she goes through the book. (http://www.elefantz.com/) It looks like I may whiz through it I love it so much.
I’m also reading ‘Junk Beautiful She Sheds’ by Sue Whitney. I have an old shed I’d love to beauty up.
Plus there are some blogs I read every day to motivate me to improve on different areas in my life….decluttering/minimizing, low-carb dieting, a few devotionals, ect.
All of these as well as a million picture books….any time my grandson toddles to me with a book I stop what I’m doing & read it with him. I did the same with my son. And so I read a lot of picture books throughout the day.