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Zen of Toothbrushing

Maybe like your electric toothbrush, mine has a 2-minute cycle, with 30 seconds allotted for each quadrant of the mouth. I’m consistent at lasting for the entire 2 minutes, but I’m always walking around my apartment, not paying attention. On New Year’s Day, in the spirit of mindfulness, I decided to try another approach, to see what it would feel like to actually be still for 2 minutes and concentrate on the task at hand. It’s hard. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Illustration by Geoffroy de Crécy


14 comments for “Zen of Toothbrushing”

  1. claire says:

    I do the exact same thing! (the doing other stuff while the toothbrush runs) I try to meditate for a few minutes every morning and have decided I don’t need to be mindful 24/7 🙂

  2. Petra says:

    I’ve been meditating regularly (for the most part) for almost 5 years now, doing a combination of mindfulness/mantra. I must say that I live somewhat more mindfully, but to be that way 24/7 (as Claire noted) is difficult (and I don’t know that anyone but the Dalai Lama could do that). One of my intentions for 2018 is to eat more mindfully. So, I have to stay away from any screens for at least one meal/day (and 2 on the weekends). I*’m rediscovering the joys of reading actual physical material while dining! But to concentrate solely on my food? That’ll take a little more time. Baby steps!

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