Excellently put and very good advice I must say!

Speaking more generally, you can certainly transfer your skills in meditation sessions (if you do meditation regularly, you will see you will learn some simple skills in life, the least of which is to learn how to sift your ideas and learn to watch them as you watch your breath) to your daily life situations. Tony Stubblebine provides here a great example to beat procrastination. Almost in all situations, the trick is to realise what is going on inside (exactly as you would when you sit in meditation of breathing you will know that you are breathing and count breaths or figure out that your breath is light or heavy, deep or shallow etc and the flow of air to bring back your mind into your breath AND also progressively relax your muscles consciously). Do the same thing when you find yourself drifting away and procrastinating or indeed anything you where you find yourself lost in fantasy and out of the present moment. Take deep breaths (Thich Nhat Hanh advises three deep breaths), then perhaps a short reaffirmation and you are back in action.

Another thing I find these days really useful for finishing through really boring stuff such as vacuuming the home or cooking a meal, or painting the house or washing the car while my favourite sport is on the TV is to ritualise the damn thing. Instead of running a dialogue that this job is boring or that I am too qualified to do this chore now, or that it just does not interest me, I make a pact with myself that this is the only thing in the world that matters and think of _this job_ terribly interesting or important. Yet the trick if I may say so, as you do the task, be totally silent. I mean totally. Inwardly, outwardly, in every sense. If the thoughts come into your mind, let them come, let them stay, and let them pass while all the while focusing your breath and thoughts on the task at hand. I have seen that it works for me. It may work for you as well.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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