Regarding informal mindfulness practices: It is not about turning whatever you are doing into a transcendent experience. It is simply the recognition that the thinking mind, when unobserved, tends to come up with thoughts that are not particularly helpful. So by choosing to pay attention to toothbrushing or dishwashing or whatever, you are really choosing to pay attention to what your mind is doing while you do those things. And then practicing the ability to use the mind wisely rather than leaving it to perpetuate habits like worry, rumination and sadness.
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