Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller is known for helping her readers and students understand that the contentment they think of as “out there” is actually here and now. The author of Hand Wash Cold and Paradise in Plain Sight, she also maintains a popular blog called Cheerio Road. We hope you’ll enjoy her list of 10 Ways to Create a Mindful Home, which is among the most popular posts she’s ever shared on Cheerio Road.
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If you can do the first one, the other nine take care of themselves.
1. Wake with the sun
There is no purer light than what you see when your eyes open first thing in the morning.
Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.
3. Make your bed
The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.
4. Empty the hampers
Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.
5. Wash your bowl
Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.
6. Set a timer
If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone, set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand until the bell rings.
7. Rake the leaves
Rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.
8. Eat when hungry
Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.
9. Let the darkness come
Set a curfew on technology and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.
10. Sleep when tired
Nothing more to it.
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