Below is a copy paste from a lady who is a co-founder of liberation unleashed. I love her brutal honesty about things. I really resonate with this and thought to share.
"I can't do this fast, I am trying to be mindful!", I hear this periodically from different people in the kitchen. Mindfulness in their understanding is being someone who is observing and vigilant right before the action happens. It's very simple to see how another component - an observer - introduced into the experience. This, of cause, slow actions down significantly. This is very simplified approximate cource of practicing "mindfulness":
Step 1- the thought arises of what is the next step.
Step 2 - regestering the thought ("mindfulness").
Step 3 - movement happening.
Step 4 - regestering the movement ("mindfulness").
Step 5 - next thought, evaluating what happened and another thought of what should happen next, observing these thoughts ("mindfulness")
Then these steps repeat themselves through the day.
I am not a fan of mindfulness, even though I understand that this is unavoidable intermediate period in the life of a spiritual seeker. Times come when "mindfulness" drops, and what takes over is a simple movement of life that does not have a need to monitor itself. Every movement is alive and significant, it doesn't get lost, it present vibrantly, there is no thought process behind it. The next step is the most harmonious continuation of the previous step, and no decesion is needed, the step is right there, the life leaning towards this step in joyful, unobstructed movement. That is when we talk about a Zen master working in the kitchen: "When he washes the dishes, he just washes the dishes. When he carries the water, he just carries the water". He is not trying to be mindful, he is a flow of life itself. The movements of such individual are precise, efficient, graceful. It is a gift to come across a Buddah at a gas pump