AM Inspiration: Meditating over pots and pans

Americans are awfully busy. Sometimes we bring it upon ourselves, needlessly complicating our leisure activities or allowing work time to bleed into hours that should be dedicated to other pursuits. In other instances, however, a life inventory doesn't turn up many areas that can be simplified. That leaves it up to us to find meaning while we go about the business of meeting our responsibilities.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk whose poetry often traces an arc from the simple details of life to a universal vision of existence. His Walking Meditation assures us

"that there is no peace walk;

that peace is the walk;

that there is no happiness walk;

that happiness is the walk.

We walk for ourselves.

Walk and touch peace every moment.

Walk and touch happiness every moment.

Each step brings a fresh breeze.

Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.

Kiss the Earth with your feet.

Print on Earth your love and happiness.

Earth will be safe

when we feel in us enough safety."

As green-minded individuals, walking with a light carbon footprint is our way of "kissing the earth with our feet." Sometimes, though, I don't feel this sense of safety that all of my frenetic activity is accumulating for some greater purpose. It is so easy to get scattered during the day. Then I stumbled upon this poem by Klara Munkres which, though kitschy, does have a ring of truth, no matter what your faith background.

"Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I've not time to be A saint by doing lovely things.."

it begins. And really, don't most of us spend more time doing housework than meditating?

"Although I must have Martha's hands, I have a Mary mind..."

Though we may be supporting players rather than cast in the star role, we are all equally rich in purpose.  Working hard at life doesn't obscure our capacity for grasping what New Dream refers to as "more of what matters."

Accept this meditation...I haven't time for more,"

the poem ends. As you work, play, or clean house this weekend, I wish you a sense of safety that each of your activities is indeed making a flower bloom.  Accept the meditations you have time for and maybe the weekend will be pleasantly full instead of unpleasantly hectic.

Tags: Cleaning, Meditation, Relaxation, Time

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