The joy of mindlessness, not mindfulness

I had a wonderfully intense weekend. I travelled to D.C. for the Women’s March. There are no words to describe what an amazing experience that was. I may try later, but for now I’m still processing. The crowds. The energy. The jubilance and defiance. The democracy in action.

Last night I was on the phone, detailing my experiences to one more person, and I realized how tired I was. Completely drained. While the March was incredible, and I’m so glad I went, I was spent.

“I have to go,” I said. “I need to watch mindless TV.”

I recently started watching The Crown. First, I love anything historical, and second I love anything with Matt Smith in it. (I’m a Dr. Who fan.) All I wanted to do last night, and tonight in fact, was to sit in front of the TV and be entertained.

In my work I talk a lot about mindfulness. In my life I do my best to practice mindfulness. And there’s also a time and place for mindlessness.

When I’ve been working very hard and going very fast. When I’ve been dealing with emotional situations, both in my own life and in the lives of my clients and friends and family. When I’ve been tapped, and I’ve given much – if not all – of what I’ve got to give. That’s my time for mindlessness.

That’s my time to enjoy without thinking too hard. To laugh. To be amused. To be engrossed.

To be mindful and intentional in my mindlessness.

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