This week we learn a helpful technique from Chogyam Trungpa on how to meditate while doing things that would seem trivial…
If you pour a cup of tea, you are aware of extending your arm and touching your hand to the teapot, lifting it and pouring the water.
Finally the water touches your teacup and fills it, and you stop pouring and put the teapot down precisely, as in the Japanese tea ceremony. You become aware that each precise movement has dignity.
We have long forgotten that activities can be simple and precise. Every act of our lives can contain simplicity and precision and thus can have tremendous beauty and dignity.
During the next week, as often as possible, slow down and become mindful and conscious of what you’re doing, no matter how trivial. You’ll be stunned at the meaning and beauty to be found in an act as simple as sharpening a pencil.
Until next Monday, meditate every day and let it all go.