Ironing as a Meditation

(For those of us who want relevance of what they knew and know)

What? Who even does that anymore? Some of us do and after this conversation you may find this an addition to your practice of what we call getting grounded and operating from our “center” rather than our head – which is already too full to be discerning anyway.

I may lose some folks here…stay and see. The important awareness is we CANNOT be all things to all people although most of us have tried – A topic for another blog if you follow.

Ironing is my meditation – always has been. I just did not realize it until a few years ago and that means it took 5 decades to put words to my experience standing at the board.

Why or how does this happen? Well, for those lucky enough to be doing their own cleaning, especially the “big-time” cleaning of yesteryear – it is the function of physical labor – perhaps the movement – that allows us to free the mind from the constriction of the myriad “have-to s’” of daily life and actually find creativity while doing what we term “mindless” work.

I think of ironing as an exercise, rather than what some think as exercise…playing tennis or running (not so much) – except for golf which can be a walking meditation. And it is not competitive or exhausting. This exercise gives you space to think and create. And you can do it at home and alone.

Personally, I cannot tell you how many revelations and ideas just float in (keep pen and paper nearby). Saves gas too.

And I haven’t even mentioned the “other” result of ironing – fresh, clean, natty “soldiers” in our closet or hanging on the doors waiting for their trip to the closet (kind of even makes you want to organize your closet).

Sometimes this is the ONLY ordered piece of our day, week and month. How much of what you do can be measured and appreciated like this?

Does ironing have a special season? Sure, Summer, that halcyon time etched in our brain from childhood of the good times expected or experienced – to this day, no matter what – is magic. There is more to iron – more ironing, more magic.

Back in the 70’s with the advent of polyester and the 80’s with wrinkle free, no-iron cottons, we were given the freedom to never bring out the dreadful “board” again. A loss indeed. Ironing makes us stop and not just think but to consider, expand and FIND something we are looking for – that elusive idea, the missing piece.

Beyond Feng Shui

A Story:

We do this everyday when we go to work or care for ourselves or family. How often do we realize at week, month or years’ end we are not even aware of the passing time or even how we enjoyed, if we did, any part of this passing time. Could we count the joys, contributions and a sense of accomplishment?

A Choice:

The old maxim “you are making a choice when you are not making a choice” gets our attention. Make a choice to support every action and attitude by awareness and intention. Choose to change your attitude and environment – thereby the behavior and outcome you want in your work and life.

A Commentary:

Most of us are encoded by our culture at home and in the world we live to unconsciously perform our daily working and living without realizing how much our comfort, gifts and talents as well as our values, success and self reliance we abdicate in the process.

A Question:

If, the big “if”, we could find a sense of balance and self empowerment, would our life look and feel different, perhaps better if not more productive?

Beyond Feng Shui… connecting the dots with your inner and outer spaces.

Feng Shui and Your Personal Space with Norfolk’s Own Bonnie Primm

Feng Shui expert and practitioner Bonnie Primm, of Norfolk, Va., joins host Nora Firestone for an in-depth look at the ancient Oriental practice, including how, where and why we might implement Feng Shui in our own lives.

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