It was an eye-catching, thought-provoking phrase used by someone, a stranger to me at the time, who said she practiced meditative dishwashing. Right away, I knew I needed to find out more about this intriguing person. I'm glad I did, because she was someone who became a close friend I've known now for over twenty years.
While it does encompass the idea of bringing mindfulness to everyday living, meditative dishwashing for me has come to mean more than something a like-minded or kind person would do, and definitely more than the actual act of washing the dishes. To me it means the merging of thought, feeling, body and spirit. It reminds me that there is only this perpetual moment, this seemingly endless now-now-now, and in this one point of power, I can dream and transform, or I can not. I can make something out of the mundane or even the painful, or I can not.
Now that I know this, I can’t un-know it. Therefore, I have chosen the most vital parts of my life and placed them together here – themes of mindfulness, health, home, motivation, therapy, dreams, spirit, and purpose – in order to focus my attention on what is truly important and make something out of it for myself and, if you want, for you. I think these things can and will help, but only you can decide if, when, and how much it does. Please just take what you like, run with it, and leave the rest.
I have lived long enough to know how little I know. That is the irony of age and humble wisdom. I know I cannot change the world, and I’m not trying to, but I also believe William James, who said: Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. So I allow myself that much at least. Everyone has dark moments, ignorant moments, and I am no exception to that. Not everyone has those moments when you realize you were the one who turned the light off, and I'm glad I'm no exception to this. It’s okay to see what it’s like in the relative darkness, or let go of what you know, temporarily, but eventually you will remember what you know. This includes the deep-seated knowledge that there is no darkness – there is only 1) light, and 2) no perception of that light. (Darth Vader, you're even more complex than we knew...)
And so, my work is to keep shining the light on what I want to see and grow. Here are some of the things I’ll continue to shed a little of my own light on:
Meditative Dishwashing LINKS:
Dishwashing Meditation - Making Friends with the Moment
Dishwashing Meditation - Transform Mundane Moments
Guided Meditation - Doing the Dishes
Time Magazine - Washing Dishes is a Great Stress Reliever
Spirituality & Health - the Zen of Dishwashing
Today.com - Dishwashing Could Cleanse Mind
HuffPost - Mindful Dishwashing
NY Times - How to Be Mindful Doing the Dishes
Book (that I didn't write):
Washing Dishes is Good for You