Monday, December 07, 2009

"If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not "washing the dishes to wash the dishes." What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact, we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life."
- Thich Naht Hanh


Steve H. said...

"I think I now hear the sound of one hand clapping...."

jaem said...

this reminds me of one of the songs on david wilcox and nance petit's album that's based on "love poems from god" by daniel ladinsky.