Legendary meditation teacher ThichNhatHanh writes about “washing the dishes to wash the dishes” in his classic meditation primer, The Miracle of Mindfulness. To transform your household duties into an exercise in mindfulness, let go of the need to “get it done” and instead let yourself become completely absorbed in the physicality of the task itself. If you’re washing dishes, that means savoring the feel of the water on your skin, the sound of dishes clunking in the sink, the lightness of the bubbles.
My favorite household meditation is sweeping—feeling my weight transfer back and forth as move around the room, hearing the swish of the broom on the floor, seeing the pile of crumbs I sweep up without thinking, “We are slobs!”
These meditative activities are multi-tasking at its best—you sweep the cobwebs out of the corners of your mind as you sweep up yesterday’s crumbs.