Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Miracle of Mindfulness

David over at Protean shares this wonderful quote by Thich Nhat Hanh:

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.

I thought it was worth sharing.

1 comment:

Stenar said...

"When I weave, I weave."

-quote from some dumb inspiritational wannabe National Geographic documentary.

A photographer asked a famous weaver what she thought about when she was weaving.

I don't really agree with this thought paradigm. It's not like washing dishes is such a great achievement that you have to focus on it. You can think of other things.

Sometimes, I use running as a means of meditation and I think of all sorts of wonderful thoughts while I run. I don't just focus on the running. :P