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  • posted: December 08 @ 6:43pm
the yoga of washing the dishes to wash the dishes.

Pictured: Thich Nhat Hanh's Miracle of Mindfulness.

I read this book in college. it's one of a very few books that I've read, and it had a dramatic effect on how I choose to perceive the relationship between me and the world. Those of you that wonder where i learned yoga, start with this book. In fact, start with this paragraph:

"While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly: why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that's precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there and washing [this plate and growing a beard] is a wonderous reality.I'm being competely myself, following my breath, conscious of my pressence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions."

Comments

EdwardTeach says:
yeah, I have "Wherever You Go, There You Are". Mindfulness has been very helpful for me. I usually blend mindfulness with ancient Christian prayers.
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 6:47pm -
SoulGlo1976 says:
Be the dish!
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 6:59pm -
GrizzlyDex says:
i like it. keep this sort of stuff up and you may teach us a thing or two.
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 6:59pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Also Yuengling.
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 7:30pm -
Caducus says:
So in with all those dishes.... is there a spoon?
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 7:40pm -
runningantelope says:
@caducus thats what i was thinking...
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 7:50pm -
Chally says:
I'm glad to have seen this post today, in fact I'm very excited to know that I have a brother in the dhamma here in this event with me.

How long have you been practicing? This book was one of my very first and I found it intensely useful. In fact, staying with the breath is my ongoing priority whenever I can remember too.

CLAME for photos from a trip to Zion/Bryce and Grand Canyon I took recently with the monks at my favorite monastery. The abbot is named Ajahn Geoff and his instruction is really something special.

May you find true happiness!
Posted: Dec 8th, 2009 - 8:09pm -
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