I’m currently doing a 13 day challenge where I try to live in the moment. Each day I choose one activity and try to be fully present. Today I tried to be present while brushing my teeth.
Every day I brush my teeth. (I bet you are glad to hear that.) A few years ago, I decided to splurge on myself and buy one of those fancy electronic toothbrushes where you can replace the toothbrush head every month or so. The toothbrush makes this awesome buzzing sound as it goes swivelling around in my mouth. The buzz sounds like the bass of a little jazz song which makes me want to dance. I’ve caught myself swinging my hips a few times and bopping my head to the toothbrush dance. While I brush my teeth, I also have the habit of rehearsing my daily to-do list and criticizing all the facial blemishes and double chin. Dancing is good, but the second habit isn’t a great way to start and end your day.
As I thought about what to do for my first mindful moment, my tooth brushing routine seemed like a great place to start. This morning I just focused on brushing my teeth. No criticizing my face. No to-do list making. Each time a little thought popped in my head about my acne, brown age spot near my eye or the many other things that pop out to me when I look in the mirror, I would focus on the physical sensations in my mouth. The bristles felt pokey. I hadn’t noticed that before. The toothpaste is kind of slimy. Who knew toothpaste was slimy? And yes..I still danced because who can’t dance when your toothbrush is buzzing out a song for you.
Martha Graham, a very famous dancer, once said this about movement. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body”. If that’s true, than my body has found her groove with toothbrush dancing.