Wash the Dishes to Wash the Dishes

I’d intended to meditate, just breathe into my day, for over half an hour now.  Checked my e-mails, made a few tweaks to my website, looked at the weather forecast…now already swimming in my list for today. No rain…the list just got longer. I feel the resistance, I feel the anxiety. I know it’s all my doing…


It's possible

To live in a way that allows enjoyment of every moment

Inserting pauses that become our natural way of being

I'm sure of it

Pull weeds in back flower bed

It’s taking a breath  

Spray Honey Suckle sprouts in prairie

Looking up at the sky…noticing the caress of a breeze

Sweep pollen from screens

Intentionally listening to the birds, admiring each unique melody   

Mow the lawn, whack the fenceline

The list goes on

Prep dinner

And on

It’s called living

Lighten up, there’s humor here

Pick up prescription

Attend interview at the company

You live a full life, be grateful

Fill the hummer feeder

It’s a wonderful thing

Make that phone call

There is a way to interweave peace and pleasure into it all

Through presence

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“Washing the dishes to wash the dishes.”  Thich Nhat Hanh*

Freedom is an inside job

What gets done, gets done

With perfect timing

The joke’s on me

Pay the bills

With gratitude

Groom the horses  

Unconditional love

Do I have what it takes to maintain a soft, divine eye throughout my day?

With every choice, with all the interruptions?

With all the d-o-i-n-g?  

Drop birthday wishes in the mailbox

Seal envelope with a kiss   

Thich Nhat Hanh
There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes... If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea (latte’) that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact, we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future—and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.