Mindful Dishwashing

Soapy Dishes

Recently, my partner Maitreya and I had a friend come to stay at our apartment, a very kind musician named Walter. A month or so earlier, we had been travelling with Walter, the three of us in a car, taking in the stunning beauty of the Connemara landscape — we totally bonded.

During his most recent visit, we went for walks, cooked lentils and rice, played music, and joked about the peculiarities of living in Ireland — ‘why on earth do you need a key to unlock doors from the inside?!’ I pondered aloud. I guess what is commonplace to some, seems like a fire hazard to others.

His light-heartedness, which we so enjoyed, lingered even after he had left. It was marked by a great sense mindfulness and presence, exemplified in the way he would clean the dishes after a meal.  Maitreya remarked:

Yeah, it’s like the world is at ease when he washes the dishes.

And it was!  He always took his time, clearing the drain board in full, waiting patiently for the sink to fill with soapy water, washing each dish thoroughly, rinsing with cold water, and then placing intently into the drain board, one-at-a-time.

Real Happiness Program: ‘The Phrases We Choose Reflect the Balance We Seek’

Beautiful things can happen in our lives,
we can place words on a page — one at a time,
arranged as if mapped and planned in full,
but trickling down, instead, they do.

Troubling turns can loosen our feet,
pain and remorse can take us,
but ‘the phrases we choose reflect the balance we seek.’ (1)
so mind to the language of love when you speak.

May
you
all
feel
vital.

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Thank you to everyone who took up a practice this month, and to those returning as well.  I’m grateful for being a part of this community of encouragement.

— 

Patrick is participating in the Real Happiness 28-day meditation program along with many other beautiful writers and meditators.  You can jump in at any time and begin the program yourself, or check out other writings and musings about the program here.

(1) From Sharon Salzberg’s book “Real Happiness,” p 159