Mindful Dish Washing

September 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means 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 am 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.
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Although I dislike washing dishes, if I wash them mindfully, I find it’s actually a relaxing task.  When you wash the dishes next time, try really being present in the moment.  Feel the warm water and suds.  Run your hands on the dishes and immerse them in the water.  If you feel the urge to rush to get the task done, notice that and bring your mind back to fully experiencing washing the dishes.

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