So often we look at the necessary labors of life as a burden. Those “have to’s” we consider the bane of our existence – I have to do the laundry, I have to rake the yard, I have to vacuum the house, and on it goes. Each of us knows our “sigh and roll my eyes” duties and we most often attend to them begrudgingly or quickly to get them out of the way.
I want to propose that we try another approach: attend to such duties with openness and gentle attention. Ask yourself to be loving towards your “have to’s.” Laugh if you must, but try it and here’s why ~
When we clean and tidy, wash and sort, we are refreshing our homes, our clothes, our yards. Renewal is happening with every sweep of the broom, fluffing and folding of a shirt or wipe of a dish.
In energy work, we talk about cleaning and clearing old or stagnant energy from a person’s physical and energetic bodies, which makes way for fresh, loving energy to take its place. When we do our household tasks, we also are cleaning and clearing, and offering the same.
Think about how great it feels to look at a shiny, clean floor or a perfectly raked yard. That good feeling equals good energy.
Next time you are folding laundry offer loving thoughts to your spouse’s T-shirt or your child’s jeans. When you vacuum the carpet, imagine old, stagnant energy being sucked up with the dust and dirt, and replace it with sprinkles of pink light (the color associated with the heart chakra and love).
If your job is getting you down, try the same. Approach your responsibilities with several deep cleansing breaths – breathe in ability and stability; breathe out grace and ease. And, approach your coworkers with an attitude of care and acceptance, whether some deserve it or not. Your positive mindset could be the change agent to creating a better work environment.
Every activity – mundane, included – has purpose in our lives and deserves positive engagement and our full awareness. Choose to make all of them count for good. Let them count for love.