2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 06:26
Simple practice will help you avoid putting off household chores and reduce anxiety.
Every day after morning prayer, Buddhist monks clean up for 20 minutes. Some are sweeping, others are washing dishes, and still others are cleaning windows. As long as it sounds ordinary, we all get out like this. The difference is this.
When the allotted time runs out, the monks stop, even if they haven't finished the work.
It's just that their goal is not to clear up accumulated blockages or get rid of the mess on the kitchen table. They do the cleaning for the sake of the process and treat it as a form of meditation. This approach will come in handy outside the walls of the monastery.
We usually perceive our responsibilities, including household chores, as a source of stress. Changing attitudes makes them easier to do. Plus it will benefit our psyche. Research has shown that anxiety and negative emotions are reduced by “meditative dishwashing,” when we are completely focused on the process rather than thinking about the past or the future. With this approach, it no longer seems that household chores take up a lot of time.
The cleaning method of Buddhist monks can help even those who are far from meditation. Most of us find it difficult to bring ourselves to do something we don't like, like cleaning the bathroom. But if you promise yourself that you’ll stop in 20 or even 10 minutes, it’s easier to start cleaning. And it is quite possible that after the set time has elapsed, you decide not to interrupt, but to bring the matter to the end.