How to Be Mindful Mowing the Lawn

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Meditation for Real Life

“Approach mowing the lawn as an adventure brimming with curiosity and wonder instead of just an ordinary, mundane task. Take time to intentionally make connections with your natural environment as you look at the sun, the earth, trees, the clouds, birds and animals. Notice the shift within you as you become aware of each of your senses being stimulated in your mindful mowing experience.” — Kathleen Hall, founder and chief executive of The Mindful Living Network

Listen to the sound of the engine as you start up your mower and it begins to purr. Surrender as the sound lulls you into a state of relaxation and peace.

Feel the vibration of the mower, noticing it from head to toe.

Be mindful of scents as you inhale the aroma of freshly cut grass.

Immerse your entire mind and body into the green color of your lawn, taking in the restful, comforting and quiet colors.

Become aware of your solitude as you mow. You have unplugged from the chaotic, fast-paced world and are alone in the present moment.

Notice the sensations of your body at work — experience the contrast of movement and exercise with the calming, healing, restorative effects of nature.

When you finish your mowing, stop to witness the product of your mindfulness practice. Notice how your respect, awareness and gratitude have increased. You have transformed this mundane task into a meaningful practice.