April 12, 2014 by babylondogs
Asking his teacher where he should begin his training, the teacher hands his student a broom. “Here, use this.” Mindfully using the broom, daily, can be an act of meditation; a practice in mindfulness. I personally own and use a corn husk broom, one of those old fashioned looking ones, that I use in the house, out on the deck, the sidewalk, the driveway. Of course it is a great metaphor for cleaning up one’s life from the ground up, but more concretely it helps the sweeper to pay attention to details and treat his home with compassion and attention.
Get yourself a broom. Use it often. Take your time to engage your breathing and smiling with it. Sweeping, with enough attention and awareness, can be an incredible zen practice. I’ve heard of one teacher who uses it in lieu of seated meditation. He says it has had deeper results. I might agree.
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