Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Early Morning Meditation in the Peace of the Snow Fall
This mornings meditation occurred while I was shoveling snow before sunrise. I actually love shoveling snow early in the morning before the neighborhood wakes up. I find it very peaceful and serene breathing in the cold crisp quiet air. The beauty of snow right in front of me would temporary take my breath away and then I would have to take a deep breath in. I found a beautiful rhythm of breathing in filling the shovel and breathing out while emptying my shovel. As I was shoveling my eyes were caught by the millions of sparkles that I saw in the snow. For 30 minutes I was just mesmerized by twinkle of the street lights in the snow that began to disappear as the sun began to rise.
As I swept the walk I had a completely different experience. I decided to sweep with my left hand in the power position which is my non-dominant hand. I was surprised at how clumsy I felt trying to clear the snow. I also realized how my posture changed and I was slumping forward as I tried to sweep. Lastly, I noticed pretty quickly that I was recruiting all of the muscles in my back to clear the snow. After about 5 minutes of that I switched back to my right hand in the dominant position. It was so much easier and more comfortable. It reminded meet that sweeping and shoveling snow is a good work out and people need to remember and be careful as they clean their driveways and sidewalks. It also reminded me to take an epson salt bath so that I won't feel my sore muscles tomorrow morning!
Enjoy the snow! It will be gone soon!