Washing the dishes

When I scrub a dish, it feels ancient to me. It’s a zone where I feel the lineage of women through the decades with me. It evokes bygone ancestral memories if you will.

 

“. . . 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 the dishes, we think only of the cup of tea 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”.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Lisa - February 20, 2019 - 11:09

That Thich Nhat Hanh… does it count if while I’m washing the dishes I offset my lack of presentness by listening to an audiobook by Pema Chodron? 😉

Erica Breau - March 6, 2019 - 19:40

Hahaha! Welllll… maybe not, but at least it’s Pema you’re distracted with 😉 Love you

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