Thich Nhat Hanh writes: “Even a humble task like dish-washing can be therapeutic”, and “…each minute, each second of life, is a miracle…the dishes themselves and the fact that I am here washing them… are miracles!”
Christianity can learn a lot from the mindfulness practices of other traditions; when our minds are quiet is when we can best hear the still, quiet whisper from God, and when we can best practice centering prayer. Whether you are Buddhist or Christian, slowing down the pace of life to be present in each moment is a great part of the spiritual journey.
Which brings me to a need that we have at St. Mark’s: each week, we have a warm, welcoming coffee hour hosted by our vestry members, who load up and turn on the dishwashers each week. St. Mark’s needs a volunteer or two to return on Sunday afternoons or Monday mornings and put away the clean dishes, and straighten up the kitchen. If you are able to help with this behind-the-scenes ministry, please let Fr. Jesse know.
“The Zen of Dishwashing: A new study suggests that washing dishes can be a form of meditation, promoting a positive state of attention on the emotions and thoughts in the present moment.” – SpiritualityHealth.com