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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Doing the Dishes

Mindfulness is not just about meditation. The goal of mindfulness is to live your entire life in perfect concentration, one task at a time. This can be hard for us Americans, as we learned that multitasking is a way to be efficient. But in truth, you can only do one thing at a time, no matter how many things you are doing at the same time.

Studies show that multitasking actually decreases your efficiency because of your scattered focus. When you are doing something, put your focus on the task at hand. Do not think about tomorrow or last week. We can marry mindfulness with the mundane in everyday tasks like doing dishes.

While most of us are fortunate to have a dishwasher, washing dishes by hand is a good practice. Imagine that you have been entrusted to bathe the baby Buddha. Wash each dish with the care and attention as you would this holy child. Don't forget to keep breathing all along, focusing only on the task at hand.

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