Imagine if you actually looked forward to doing all those annoying day-to-day tasks. Think about how your life would change.
Whether it’s mowing the grass, paying bills, washing the dishes, or vacuuming the carpet, most of us have chores to do on a regular basis that are not very enjoyable. Since the tasks have to be done anyway, you might as well make the best of the situation. Performing chores is the perfect time to meditate and relax your mind.
Consider these ideas in using your chores to create peace of mind:
Use the time to meditate. Meditation is really just focusing your mind completely on what you’re doing. You might think of meditation as sitting there thinking about nothing, but that’s the meditation equivalent of riding a bike with training wheels. The real objective is to be able to meditate anywhere and everywhere.
Slow down. There is little value in rushing. If you hurry to get done, you’re just creating more stress and you’ll do your chores poorly.
Having an environment with no clutter is peaceful and conducive to focusing. Have you ever noticed that when you’re stressed, clutter just seems to make it even worse? Getting your chores done will help to create a sense of calm.
Pay attention to your breathing. It’s tricky, but ideally you will be focusing on both your breathing and the task at hand. Being aware of your breathing helps to ground you in the present moment. It also keeps your mind from thinking about the past or future.
Pay attention to your emotions. Ideally, you will have none. If you’re only paying attention to the task and your breathing, it’s impossible to feel any emotions.
Chores present an excellent opportunity to relax and focus your mind. With time, you’ll actually look forward to chores when you start to feel stressed. This is much better than turning to TV, food, alcohol, or any other activity with no upside.You’ll feel better and get all those annoying tasks done at the same time.
When you’re done with your chores, you’ll be in a better place to take care of other business. You’ll know you’re really on track when you can just jump into a task you normally dread and get through it without experiencing any negative emotions.
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