the zen of what, now?

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I created this blog in 2012, and it has evolved, as have I, since then.

I came up with the name Zen of Vacuuming as I went about my practice of cleaning the house. I had always wanted to try meditation, but as it had to be done in a calm setting, it was difficult for me to carve out that space while the kids were running around and my husband was coming and going at all hours due to his business.

One day, while I was vacuuming the kitchen floor (we also have two dogs, and wood floors throughout the house, so keeping the grit and dust bunnies under control was a daily chore) I discovered that my mind was not cluttered with the usual self-talk of a busy wife and mom. I was calmly moving the vacuum across the floor, up and down, up and down, and a sense of calm had overtaken me. I was elated! Finally I had found the answer to the age-old question women all over the world ask themselves “When will it be MY turn to have a little peace and quiet!”

Well, vacuuming isn’t exactly quiet, but I can tell you, if done properly, it can be extremely peaceful. Nobody bothers me while I am vacuuming. Maybe my family thinks if they interrupt me, I will get them to take over the task, lol. Or it could be that while I am vacuuming, I am unable to interfere with whatever they are happily doing. Either way, for me, vacuuming is very zen-like, and one day the term popped into my head, et voila!, my blog was born.

Why a blog, you say? I am not entirely sure, even today. I have lovingly posted what you see here, sometimes manically, sometimes infrequently, but always with authenticity

I enjoy connecting with people, specifically by finding common ground. By posting what comes naturally to me (making my home a safe place to fall for my nearest and dearest as they negotiate through their own versions of daily life), I am attempting to provide a tiny bit of comfort or at any rate enjoyment to you, the reader.

If that is all I achieve, then I have succeeded.

If this journey takes me somewhere I have not yet anticipated, then I say let’s go!

The most interesting things happen when you are least expecting them, so I will continue to push the vacuum around the floor while contemplating nothing much at all, and be ready for whatever this journey offers.

Thank you for sharing in this with me, and I hope that I have improved your day in whatever manner you needed.

Erin Jory

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