The Wisdom of Watering the Lawn

“To finally surrender ourselves to healing, we have to have three spaces opened up within us, all at the same time: our opinionated head, our closed-down heart, and our defensive and defended body. That is the core work of all spirituality—and it is work. Yet, it is finally the work of “a Power greater than ourselves.” [5] All we can do is keep out of the way, note and weep over our defensive behaviors, and open our full selves to God’s presence.”
-Richard Rohr

The sound of water on grass is soft and inviting. I was barefoot in my oxford shirt and work pants rolled up watering the lawn. It was pure heaven.

Yes, strange right? Something as simple as light reflected in hose water, the humid Southern Ohio air on my neck, my bare toes sucking up the stability of solid ground was a little bit of heaven. I felt like I was watering my spirit at the same time. It was so quiet.

I had spent the day mired in an accreditation audit, spreadsheets, emails, stressed out co workers, and I bounced through all of it…zipping from one aspect of the project to the next, the busyness, I wanted to not think. Watering the lawn was the most thoughtless and wonderful task of the day.

Just me and the hose, sunlight, and almost no sound. Only children in the background, the neighbors who spied on me creeking in their lawn chairs, maybe wondering why the barefoot blonde had a smile on her face this July evening.

It’s important to take time to be quiet. To let the mind quiet down, and take in what’s around. The trees, the leaves starting to yellow a bit reminding us that summer would soon wane and school would begin. The way the sun seems to stay long like a good friend, and you are happy that it’s there.

Step 2….

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