Mindful ☼ Mondays: Meditative Cleanups

M I N D F U L ☼ M O N D A Y S
Many of you may know that the NEC just completed our first Trash-a-Thon remote clean-up event, a successful campaign engaging our community to get outside safely during COVID-19, nurture and clean our neighborhoods, and raise money for the NEC all at the same time.
To those who participated and donated, we say a big thanks. To those who maybe couldn’t make it out for Trash-a-Thon, we’re here to tell you it’s never really over!
Cleaning up your neighborhood, favorite trail, campsite, or beach is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your mental health too. During a time when we may feel disconnected from our wider community, we can engage with our local spaces in an act and show of solidarity by cleaning up. We can send the message that we care about our homes and our favorite places. In turn, this means we care about ourselves. Even just picking up a few pieces of trash here and there boosts our confidence, bolsters our feelings of worthiness and action, and reminds us that we have agency in the movement toward a cleaner, healthier planet.
Give it a try! Next time you take your regular neighborhood walk or socially distanced trip to the beach, bring some gloves and a bag and pick up a few things you see on your way. This in and of itself is a mindfulness activity – where are you paying attention? How micro, how macro your lens? What are you noticing about what kind of things you’re finding? Do you find any other non-trash natural treasures in your looking?
Photo by: @bkleinschnitz – Office and Event Support Staff