Monday, September 22, 2008
washing the dishes to wash the dishes
Sometimes when I have a sink full of dishes, like I do right now, I think about a book I once read while I was a student at the University of Utah called "The Miracle of Mindfulness." It was written by a buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hahn.
He said, "While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly: why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that's precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there and washing these bowls is a wondrous reality. I'm being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There's no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves."
Okay, okay, I'm ready to wash the dishes now.