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If You Can’t Meditate, Chop Vegetables

If You Can’t Meditate, Chop Vegetables

…Or wash the dishes, or knit, or run the vacuum cleaner. Surprise, surprise, these simple activities feel as wonderful as a session of meditation: I can feel my pulse rate slow down, my blood pressure stabilize, my muscles relax. I’ve even had some ‘Eureka’ moments (the idea for one of my books came to me while ironing clothes) and at least one ‘Aha’ moment, when everything suddenly fell into perspective.

Why does this work? Repetitive, mechanical activities can simulate the chanting a mantra. While your fingers are busy knitting or washing, your mind gets a chance to slow down. For those 10 or 15 minutes, you get a break from the ‘noise’ of the outside world.

More good news: household work burns calories. While you are slogging away at the floor or scrubbing the pressure cooker, you’re giving yourself a mini workout. And just like every morsel you eat adds up, every little move you make subtracts the calories.

And don’t forget, this ‘meditation’ session is actually one up on the real thing: at the end of it, you’ve either cleaned or created something!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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10:26AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:03AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Do both!

11:23AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013


7:09PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

The reason for that Anna is because our minds always lend themselves to instant gratification and when you weed your garden, the improvement is instant. Thus, you feel you have accomplished something and received a reward that didn't take as long as say one that would take a few weeks.

7:04PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

If for no other reason...You don't cut your fingers off due to your focusing on what it is you're doing.

5:09AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:02PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

I feel like baking is also a great way to relieve stress and homemade baked goods are so much better than store bought plastic wrapped ones!! :)

10:10PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

I cook all the time. It's also nice to be able to go out for a drive, if fuel wasn't so expensive!

7:40PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

so true! thanks

3:21PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Personally, I work in my garden when I need to get away from "real" life and have some time and space to myself. To do even "boring", repetitive chores in a garden like weeding or pruning is wonderfully satisfying, I find. I may be strange in this respect, but there is no garden chore that I dislike or find dreary or boring.

Polishing and buffing up brass and copper items to a gleam can also be very satisfying, as can polishing and buffing old furniture until it glows, using traditional beeswax polish.

Even cleaning windows can feel satisfying!

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