I recently read Reading Fiction as Meditation. It spoke about escapism - escaping from your daily grind and giving your mind a break. It got me thinking about other things that could give you the same effect. Here’s an interesting quote from the article:
I’ve seen too much online about “how to read more quickly.” Bollocks. It’s not a competition. It’s relaxation: an act of escapism. I mean, who goes to a cinema and asks them to put the film on fast forward with subtitles so they can watch it faster?
I came up with the following list of mundane tasks that could provide you with that daily dose of escapism - if you let it. And what I mean by that is that you have to only focus on the task and cut out all other distractions like watching TV, reading Twitter, listening to a podcast etc while doing these tasks.
- Ironing your clothes
- Washing the dishes
- Cooking a meal (frozen dinners do not count as cooking!)
- Going for a walk
- Cleaning (your house, car etc)
- Sketching in a journal
- Playing an instrument
- Playing with your children
- Having a relaxing brew
- Having a cat nap
What others can you think of?