After mowing the lawn today, I think back and realize that I wasn’t present at all while doing this mundane task. One lesson i’ve learnt is that the only thing we truly have in life is the present moment, that’s why savoring it is so important. Here’s a few ways to stay present while mowing the lawn.
- Listen to the humming of the mower
- Feel the pressure on your feet as you walk
- Feel the blades of grass rubbing against your ankles
- Feel the pressure of your grip on the mower
- Notice the colors of the grass and everything around you
- Smell the freshly cut grass
- Feel the sweat dripping down your face
- Notice your breathing
- Is it fast or slow?
- Is it shallow or deep?
- Notice any Internal sensations(anything within your body)
- Do you have sensations of tiredness?
- Do you have a cramp?
- Can you feel the sensation in your calves from pushing the mower?
Whatever sensations arise, merely watch them. For example, if a headache arises within your consciousness the first thing we do is think “this sucks, I hate headaches.” This thought is merely our resistance to the headache. Resistance causes suffering, instead try watching the sensations of the headache arise in your consciousness and don’t judge them. If you drop all resistance than you can be happy even with the throbbing headache inside your skill. This applies to any other unpleasant situations that you encounter while mowing.
Mowing doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. Instead make it an exercise of being present, if you do this than I’m sure you’ll have much more enjoyment while mowing.