illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)
« While washing the dishes, one should only be washing the dishes.
If while washing the dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. The fact that we are here washing these bowls is a wondrous reality, a miracle of life.
If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands.
Thus we are sucked away into the future …
and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
I once wrote about the Japanese art of mending porcelain:
The image associated to this post is to bring awareness how what we 'know' alters what we 'see'. The appropriate description of the bowl is in the link below.