Is it just me, or do others find something calming and meditative about pruning plants? I recently trimmed back the old growth on the ferns in our yard and found it oddly satisfying to clear away the old leaves and make way for the new, unfolding fronds.
It made me realize that much of what I do in any given day can be considered either a chore or a delight.
For example, vacuuming can be a source of calmness when I approach it with an attitude of mindfulness and appreciation. Putting away groceries can be an opportunity for gratitude and calm focus. Wiping down the kitchen counters with a geranium-scented spray can be an uplifting experience, when I allow myself to really be present.
I have come to realize that, in all of life, an activity is what it is; it is the attitude I bring to the activity that determines whether it will be a chore or a delight.
Your turn: what “chores” in your day actually help you feel more calm and centered? Which activities in your life have been transformed from a chore to a delight?
image: Fern Fronds. © 2010. Christianna Pierce. Click on image to enlarge.