The zen of snow shoveling

Posted on January 23, 2013


zen of snow shoveling
As a fitness obsessed person devotee, I am always looking for ways to add more activity into my daily life. Snow shoveling is one way to do so.

Why I love shoveling snow and why I can appreciate its zen qualities:

1. I love being outside in the cold and being active. It reminds me of skiing, since my heart is pounding and I’m enjoying the outdoors.

2. You work hard, and you can see the immediate results of your efforts. There is something so satisfying to look out and see a freshly cleared driveway.

3. My mind goes into a meditative state. As a matter of fact, this blog post was mentally composed while I was shoveling.

The only thing I don’t like about shoveling snow is the snow boulders at the end of the driveway, left by the stupid street plows. I must admit that sometimes those snow boulders go right back into the street where they came from, artfully pushed to the side so they won’t be re-plowed into my driveway.

Photo is courtesy of jmannmm8400’s Flickr Photostream, under Creative Commons Licensing. I especially like this photo since it was taken in Massachusetts, where I live.

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