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While You Work: Washing Dishes
Teri Harman
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While You Work: Washing Dishes
While You Work: Washing Dishes
Teri Harman • 14:41

In our busy lives, it's easy to overlook the potential for spiritual harmony and inner peace. The truth is that routine tasks may transform into profound spiritual practices when carried out with mindfulness and gratitude. One such task that offers a possibility for spiritual growth is doing the dishes. By purposefully doing this, we may develop a deeper relationship with the divine and discover peace in the ordinary. 

Developing gratitude is an important component of transforming routine actions into spiritual practices. Consider how each dish fits into your life while you wash them. Think about how each plate, cup, or eating implement helps to fuel your body and facilitate your everyday tasks. You may change your viewpoint and invite a sense of profound appreciation and connection to the divine by expressing your thanks for the wealth in your life and the freedom to carry out these responsibilities.

There is a spiritual presence everywhere. It might be discovered in the daily tasks we perform. Think about the way the water runs, the scent of the soap, and your hand motions as you focus on the smallest things of washing the dishes. Since the duty is so basic, every action offers a chance to experience the divine's presence. You might feel more connected to and joyful in life if you see the innate divinity in these everyday experiences.


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Hi, I'm Teri. I'm so glad you're here. Let's get started. It's possible to connect to the divine and find peace every day. Simple daily tasks offer the perfect time to create spiritual practices through finding quiet space in the mind and focusing on gratitude. Let's do the dishes and turn it into a spiritual practice. As you start doing the dishes bring your attention to your breath. Keeping your jaw relaxed and lips gently closed, slowly inhale and exhale. Begin a conscious rhythm with your breathing, inhale and exhale. As you focus on your breath, allow your mind to stay right here, right now with the action of doing the dishes. Your thoughts will wander and that's okay. When they do come back to your breath, come back to now. Continue to breathe on purpose. As you shift your focus fully to the task at hand. Watch the water flow out of the faucet as you rinse a dish. Purposefully place a dish in the dishwasher, breathe in the scent of the soap you might be using or the lingering scent of a meal. Breathe and take your time. Now notice the weight of each dish, the shape. Notice the purpose of each dish. Each one is involved in nourishing your body. Each one helps you in some way. Take a moment to be grateful for each dish and its role in your day to day activities. Keep your mind here with the action of doing the dishes. Notice the movement of your arms the bend of your back, the rotation of your torso. Take a moment to be grateful for your body and all that it can do. The level of joy you experience depends on what you pay attention to. Finding joy is a choice. There is joy here in doing the dishes. There is God and divinity here because the ordinary moments compose our lives. Take a moment to express your gratitude to God. Thank you for spending this spiritual moment with Skylight. Enjoy your day.

Watching Now
While You Work: Washing Dishes
While You Work: Washing Dishes
Teri Harman • 14:41

In our busy lives, it's easy to overlook the potential for spiritual harmony and inner peace. The truth is that routine tasks may transform into profound spiritual practices when carried out with mindfulness and gratitude. One such task that offers a possibility for spiritual growth is doing the dishes. By purposefully doing this, we may develop a deeper relationship with the divine and discover peace in the ordinary. 

Developing gratitude is an important component of transforming routine actions into spiritual practices. Consider how each dish fits into your life while you wash them. Think about how each plate, cup, or eating implement helps to fuel your body and facilitate your everyday tasks. You may change your viewpoint and invite a sense of profound appreciation and connection to the divine by expressing your thanks for the wealth in your life and the freedom to carry out these responsibilities.

There is a spiritual presence everywhere. It might be discovered in the daily tasks we perform. Think about the way the water runs, the scent of the soap, and your hand motions as you focus on the smallest things of washing the dishes. Since the duty is so basic, every action offers a chance to experience the divine's presence. You might feel more connected to and joyful in life if you see the innate divinity in these everyday experiences.


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Hi, I'm Teri. I'm so glad you're here. Let's get started. It's possible to connect to the divine and find peace every day. Simple daily tasks offer the perfect time to create spiritual practices through finding quiet space in the mind and focusing on gratitude. Let's do the dishes and turn it into a spiritual practice. As you start doing the dishes bring your attention to your breath. Keeping your jaw relaxed and lips gently closed, slowly inhale and exhale. Begin a conscious rhythm with your breathing, inhale and exhale. As you focus on your breath, allow your mind to stay right here, right now with the action of doing the dishes. Your thoughts will wander and that's okay. When they do come back to your breath, come back to now. Continue to breathe on purpose. As you shift your focus fully to the task at hand. Watch the water flow out of the faucet as you rinse a dish. Purposefully place a dish in the dishwasher, breathe in the scent of the soap you might be using or the lingering scent of a meal. Breathe and take your time. Now notice the weight of each dish, the shape. Notice the purpose of each dish. Each one is involved in nourishing your body. Each one helps you in some way. Take a moment to be grateful for each dish and its role in your day to day activities. Keep your mind here with the action of doing the dishes. Notice the movement of your arms the bend of your back, the rotation of your torso. Take a moment to be grateful for your body and all that it can do. The level of joy you experience depends on what you pay attention to. Finding joy is a choice. There is joy here in doing the dishes. There is God and divinity here because the ordinary moments compose our lives. Take a moment to express your gratitude to God. Thank you for spending this spiritual moment with Skylight. Enjoy your day.


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