I'm sure that most of you think my title for this post is crazy....what you say....how can cleaning be spiritual??
TAKE WASHING DISHES....Thomas Moore says "the ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." I like washing dishes....I have a dishwasher...but sometimes the act of running hot soapy water and the actual washing of a dish and holding it in my hand while I dry..encourages reflection and reverie. I might admire the dish...remember where I bought it...remember where it was used to nourish those I love...realize how pretty the flower pattern is on the dish..or if it is one passed down to me think of the person who gave it to me..this simple act can nourish one's soul.
doing dishes, dusting, sweeping the floor can all be viewed as spiritual.....remember THIS IS MONK's WORK......
just so everyone knows...I cleaned house today....and I am DETERMINED this year to make this simple act one to look forward to...rather than dreading it.
Hugs sweet ladies,