A Year of Mindfulness – 30 – Squishing

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Incoming rant alert.

This week’s task (which was the w/c 17th August) was the week of ‘squishing’, where each day before I got up I was to take a few minutes to complete the exercise. The exercise involved squeezing every muscle in my body tight, holding everything tense for a few moments, and then releasing. I had to go through each muscle mentally and pay attention to how it was feeling to be tightened and then relaxed. The idea was that this is a great way to wake up and enter the day with a heightened awareness of your body.

I’m going to be straight up with you for what will be an extremely quick post.

Firstly, I despise the word squishing.

I don’t even know why, I just hate it. It evokes some form of irrational anger in me, so I knew the minute I took this card out of the jar that me and this task weren’t going to get on. Even as I write this, I’m irritated by the fact that I’m writing about a word I hate so much. Then my mind becomes interested in the psychology behind irrational reactions to lexicon and wondering whether this is a common thing, and whether other people have their own ones they hate (if you have a word that evokes an irrationally negative reaction, please do let me know!).

Secondly, I’m not a morning person in any way, shape or form, so the thought of doing a task before I’d even got out of bed of a morning was just too much for me. There was no way I was going to get on board with this task. It would not start my day off well and it would probably just anger me more to think about how much I objected to doing it, so I didn’t bother.

I did consider it a few mornings and I even had a go at it one morning, but I’m such a grouch that the only emotion it evoked for me was the question “why am I doing this stupid exercise?”

So yeah. No task this week unfortunately. Here’s hoping there’ll be a better task next week!

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