How we view a chore makes it seem pleasurable or drudgery.
For example, if a mother views the repetitive tasks of childcare as drudgery, she could fall into feeling sorry for herself, and in turn her energy level will drop, making her tasks even more of a chore.
On the other hand, if the mother views the repetitive tasks of childcare as keeping her family and home well cared for, she will retain a light-hearted attitude, perhaps even singing while working and sailing through the work.
Work is made a drudgery or pleasure by our attitude. If dwelling in an attitude of drudgery, we have the choice to change our attitude to caring, instantly feeling the flush of pleasure energize our body.
It may be hard to think that drudgery could be pleasurable, but even seeing a task as one or the other is an attitude. We can choose for pleasure at any instant.
To get from an attitude of drudgery to pleasure, view the task as something that just needs being done, without seeing it as an emotional attachment. It is like standing back in the peaceful part of your mind and looking out while completing the task. In that way, personal peace is preserved.
The instant reward for nurturing an attitude of caring is feeling energized bodily, and peaceful or uplifting thoughts.
I came to this realization of attitude forming my feeling of peace and well-being quite suddenly. While my children were still small and I was feeling overwhelmed with the incurred repetitive tasks, I was able to get away for a weekend meditation retreat.
Just the act of sitting quietly in meditation broke the cycle of the dizzying rushing around I was doing.
Then the first evening of the retreat I listened to a lecture on the transformation an attitude of caring can have on bringing in a stream of charged energy.
In retrospect, I must have been like a ripened fruit because I fell off the tree and left the attitude of drudgery and being stuck in that attitude far behind as I rolled away into expansive freedom. I am forever grateful for the transformation of attitude that allowed pleasure and happiness, from within, to sustain my life thereafter.
Regular quiet time in meditation is a way to reflect on the source of attitude, and choose caring over feeling drudgery.
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