Like the zazen meditation mentioned above, cooking and cleaning are two of the most exalted parts of a Zen monk’s day. The monks in training clean the floors by hand without chemicals twice daily as part of their ritual. Having a ritual gives something a sense of importance, because if it’s important enough to have a ritual, it’s important enough to be given your entire attention, and to be done slowly and correctly.


For a monk this meditation time is really practice for learning to be thinking in the present.
You create your own rituals, for exercising, for the preparation of food, for eating, for cleaning, for what you need to do before you go to work, for what you do when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. If cooking and cleaning seem like boring chores to you, try doing them as a form of meditation.





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