In our busy lives we tend to convince ourselves that there is little time for meditation or other forms of spiritual practice. As a result, our spiritual practices suffer. We feel distanced from experiencing our deeper magic and wisdom. We lose touch. But… we don’t have to; we can choose to rise above.
I have come to realize as I go deeper into awakening that there are endless opportunities for spiritual practice, an abundance of ways to nurture a deeper connection to ourselves and our loved ones, even through the simplest daily tasks.
For example, there is a peculiar sense of joy and fulfillment to be found in the act of hand washing, hand rinsing, and hand drying of dishes. It was actually determined through a recent study that dishwashing can be a useful form of mindfulness practice. Which is wonderful! But you can take this act of mindfulness practice a step further, even, and use the act of washing dishes as an opportunity to exercise your divine feminine. You can also use the act of dishwashing as an opportunity to extend loving kindness, and gratitude.
Dishwashing as Loving Kindness: In Practice
Observing the sound of the water in the present moment, extend an offering of gratitude to the clean water.
Each breath cycle becomes an offering of gratitude.
Noticing the attractive rainbow-iridescence of the bubbles, and the way they sparkle when the sun comes through the window. Observing the magic and beauty of this simple task is a meditative experience which connects you to your divine being.
With the rinsing of each dish, know that you have prepared each plate, cup, fork, knife, and spoon for the next person who will need it. Acknowledge this as an act of loving kindness, and extend gratitude towards yourself as you rinse, dry, and put each dish away for the next person’s use.
May we strive to acknowledge that in every instance there is an opportunity to exercise our highest and best self.