Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness


I don't know that I necessarily always subscribe to this philosophy, but I love this book.  It's a group of essays from fascinating spiritual leaders and writers of all faiths about how they find the sacred in everyday activities, like housekeeping.  The chapters are organized into household tasks like vacuuming, dishwashing, or sweeping.  It is a wonderful reminder about the importance of having mindfulness in even what seem to be "mindless" activities.  My favorite essay is probably by renowned Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hahn, who writes about washing dishes mindfully and suggests imagining that you are washing a tiny baby Buddha.  

Check out this interesting and insightful book.  It has brought a little more peace and calm to my life.  

7 comments:

alifemorefabulous said...

I love this idea. I have been thinking alot lately about mindfully bringing presence into the most mundane of tasks. Love your comment on dishwashing buddah...
Hope you having a wonderful day!

Jacqueline said...

This book really sounds interesting. I just noted it down to check for it after im done with the current book im reading "The history of love" by Nicole Krauss. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Art said...

Wow, that book sounds so much better than what I imagined when I saw the cover ;)

cindy said...

!! now im going to be looking at my dirty dishes in a very new way

WhimsAndInconsistencies said...

As a little Catholic girl in Catholic schools, we discussed one day how we knew our parents prayed. One girl said that she knew her mom prayed because she would say prayers while curling her hair. She would use the prayers as a timing device for how long to hold each curl. As a not-so-little Catholic woman, I still find this a useful way to pray and style my hair.

EP said...

That book sounds fascinating. It would definitely make me think more about the household activities I dislike, like vacuuming, dusting and and mopping. I might have to check it out.

Thanks for the recommendation!

blossomdaily said...

I will have to check out this book - I've always found "mindless" activities to be very meditative. I think cleaning is very much a care-taking activity, both for yourself and others who share your environment. I can see there being a spiritual element to that as well. Great find Caitlin!