Tidy Up as a Meditation

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Simple Way #10

Tidy up as a Meditation

Routine physical tasks can be good opportunities to multitask, since you don’t have to think about them while you’re doing them. They can also be a great time to take a break mentally. There’s a Zen saying, “Before Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Being present and mindful is being enlightened.

Now, you don’t have to become a monk, but you can give your mind a break by simply paying attention to your physical actions and not letting your mind obsess and worry. When you release the stranglehold you have on your brain’s workings, you often find that new ideas and solutions will bubble up effortlessly.

Right now:
Decide that when you wash the dishes tonight you will feel the warmth of the water and the slipperiness of the soap. Listen to the water spraying.  Observer the colors and shapes of the dishes. You just wash the dishes and nothing else.