• Joyce Lyke

In The Spirit of Mindfulness

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

This wonderful poem by Gary Snyder expresses the virtue of valuing those menial tasks we do every day for our children. This is our practice, this is our path!

Warm Blessings from Joyce

All of us are apprenticed to the same teacher that the religious institutions originally worked with: reality. Reality-insight says . . . master the twenty-four hours.

Do it well, without self-pity. It is as hard to get the children herded into the car pool and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning.

One move is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and they both have the virtuous quality of repetition.

Repetition and ritual and their good results come in many forms. Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick—don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits.

Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our “practice” which will put us on a “path”—it is our path.

GARY SNYDER, The Practice of the Wild

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