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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.


littleoldgrammy said...

Just wait til you have kids, Lisa Lou!!!

Squirrel said...

This might be too deep for me!

Alicen said...

I've heard washing dishes is therapeutic...this brings it to a whole new level. Thanks for that. Dishes have really been bugging me lately. They're just constantly THERE. ya know?

family-of-five said...

I only wash dishes while talking on the phone, stirring something on the stove, pouring drinks or spooning yogurt for the kids, and composing brilliant fiction in my head.

paul said...

I loved the dishes - it spoke to me