Mindfulness Advent Calendar: Day 11

Day 11: Mindfully Doing The Dishes.


Welcome to day 11 of this mindfulness Advent calendar. For today’s exercise I’d like you to choose an activity from your daily life that you rather dislike. For me that was doing the dishes (since we don’t have a dishwasher), but it can be literally anything, like taking out the trash, ironing, or cleaning. Try to stay mindful during your task for at least five minutes. Afterwards you can go back to hating it if you’d like, no one is ever going to take that away from you. But during the exercise I’d like you to really show up and be present with all your senses. What can you feel, sense, hear, and smell? Is there a lot of negative chatter going on in your mind? Can you look at your task as if you did it for the first time in your life today?

How are you feeling now? Yesterday’s post was about how we can let the good things nourish us by taking them in mindfully. This one is about the daily tasks we may not love all that much. It was a pleasure for me to discover that by repeating this exercise a couple of times my resistance faded away and I realised that it was mostly my thinking that made me feel bad. And I refuse to avoid so many moments in my life just because I have negative thoughts about them. How about you?

I wish you a lovely 11th of December and will be back with more mindfulness tomorrow.


Advent season is supposed to prepare us for Christmas and bring calm, light, and joy to the dark winter days. However, December is one of the busiest months for most people and it seems almost impossible to find some rest. That’s why Heartbridges Writings has created this mindfulness Advent calendar. You will find a daily post with a picture and a suggestion for a small exercise, that should grant you a moment of calm even on the most stressful day. For more information check out my first post on the calendar.

P.S.: Find the Advent calendar also on Instagram and Twitter 🙂

3 thoughts on “Mindfulness Advent Calendar: Day 11

  1. I like that one very much Martina. A couple of years ago I discovered that almost every time I was cleaning the house I would get somehow new and creative ideas… If I would allow myself to concentrate on the task. I’ve got my best writing ideas while ironing and taking out the trash! Don’t get me wrong, still don’t like to do it. But now I know there’s a big chance I will get something out of it.

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