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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