Today as I was washing my dishes, I consciously focused on mind-fully washing each dish. I noticed how pleasant the warm water was, and how nice each dish looked and felt as it became clean. I found as I mindfully washed each dish, it felt happy and peaceful inside. Yes, mindfulness can make mundane chores much more pleasant I enjoyed the process so much I plan to continue practicing with other things as well, like sweeping and moping floors, and all my other chores. They need to be done, so if I can find peace and enjoyment by practicing mindfulness while working, all the better!
I invite you to try as well, and let me know if your practice makes your duties more peaceful and enjoyable as well. Life does not need to be lived in a hurry. It is meant to be more like a leisurely stroll through a beautiful garden, where you get to stop and enjoy the sights, and smell the flowers and sit and listen to birds and crickets singing.
I know the hectic pace we have adopted in this world. But that is not the way we were meant to live. We need to seek time to reflect within our sacred space, and bring peace and joy into our lives. We cannot truly thrive on constant stress and hurrying.
In addition to an invitation to practice mindfulness as you do your chores, I would like to share a beautiful passage I read today in the Tao Te Ching. It is in verse 20.
“Fill yourself with utmost emptiness. Embrace internal tranquility. The ten thousand things, see how they arise and flow around you, each one coming into being, growing, adapting, changing, fulfilling, then returning to the source, as you sit in stillness in the center, watching.” Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching
I hope your day is blessed with peace as you mind-fully observe your world. Namaste, until next time.