For example, when I get tired and achy from picking beans from their low-lying bushes for the third time that week, I can choose to be irritated by the work that they make for me and focus on that negativity, or I can choose a new perspective. Here are some of my favorite ways to do this: With each bean that I pick, I like to say a message of gratitude as I put it in the bucket. It is truly remarkable to realize how much I have to be thankful for! Or, if my mind is particularly overactive one day, overanalyzing a situation that occurred earlier, I simply work on clearing my mind of its restless thoughts. I tune in to the sounds and sensations around me, noticing birds chirping, bees buzzing on flowers nearby or the weight of each tomato as I hold it in my hand.
Some days, it is really difficult to move away from the reel of thoughts that play in my head, but the important thing is to keep bringing your attention back to what you want to focus on in life. People work all kinds of different environments, but I believe that this practice of mindfulness can be adapted to fit any situation. If we can recognize the tendencies of our mind to focus on irritation, frustration or bitterness, and step outside of it, our work can become much more enjoyable.