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Manual mower - a new form of meditation or no?  RSS feed

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I find using a manual mower has a meditative affect on me. Anyone else have this experience
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Quite the opposite. As a small my parents inherited an ancient really heavy but easy to push antique that I think might have been original age of the house (around turn of 20th century). It was dull but it still would make the grass dance. SO I grew up, older wiser stronger (or so I wanted to think) and bought a brand new one from Sears. Mistake. It didn't push well over any terrain and anything resembling a spear of grass seemed to bog it. So no, no bliss. I guess it's what you're mowing, what you're mowing with, and other factors. Scything grass, yes. Pegging the clothesline, yes. Even robo-weeding (just assume position, put brain on idle because the keepers are in support cages or on the trellis and WEED) yes
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Not sure about the meditative part but I am more comfortable with the quiet and dependability of a manual mower.  No gas, no oil, no "why is the thing running so ratty THIS time?", no overpriced batteries to replace, no cord to cut by mistake.  The price was right as it was free at the dump and it works any time I want it to.

Family down the way has a Sears model and it cut badly.  No grease in the drive wheels-what there was had dried out.  The main problem was the cutter bar-it was set for another universe and if the cutter bar is off a push mower will not cut well at all. 

Enjoy the meditation.
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every repetetive action done with conscious awareness acts like a form of meditation. it s about getting the own thinker/brain out of the way. if the thinker is (at least a bit) silenced, then you ll become more and more aware of something deeper. something that you/one did not realize before, because of the "noise in the brain/thinker".
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