Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

I love to wash my car.  It wasn’t always this way in that often I would feel that it was a tiresome chore.  There was a lot of dirt, physical movement, and boring activities involved.

Then, one day I realized that it was a time only for myself.  No one came to interrupt me because they could see I was busy.  I also didn’t look at my phone or email the entire time because my hands were always wet. I quickly saw that it was an opportunity to get some “me” time.  I would come away from the experience feeling grounded, calm, and clear.

I think there are often tasks in life that we look at as burdensome, but really can be opportunities to quiet the mind.  Washing the dishes has often been a favorite pastime for me and I think it’s similar to washing the car.  Because I’ve noticed this, I often try to turn a boring situation around.  For example, when I am called to do a repetitive action like stamping envelopes or clearing out an excel spreadsheet, I think of it as a moving mediation. It’s mindless, but I try and make it mindful. I try and not think about when the task will end, but instead just focus on each physical movement.

When I do things like this, I often come out of the experience clearer, more grounded, and certainly happier than when I went in.  This week, I got some new microfiber dust cloths for cleaning my car.  Not only do they look like a great quality, but for the meditation sake, I can’t wait to start using them!

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