Can Washing Dishes be Zen?

Like any normal family with kids we go through a lot of dishes at our place. Add to that my regular kitchen experiments for blog posts and client recipe development, and sometimes you’ll be hard pressed to find one clean spoon at our place. {Did I mention we don’t have a dishwasher?}

Although Mr. T does more than his share of dish washing, it feels like every time I walk into the kitchen there is another pile staring me down. Washing dishes and doing laundry are my two least favourite chores; I would scrub the floors or clean the oven any day, but a sink full of dishes makes me cringe. Since the “dish issue” has become a bit of a sore spot in our home, and I am the one making most of the mess with my constant baking, cooking, and sometimes craft experiments, I think it’s time I deal with it. dawn with olay

A few weeks ago I stumbled onto this post about mindful dishwashing through a random Twitter link. Not going to lie, I snorted a little when I started reading; ‘mindful dishwashing – that sounds sexy, I thought. But the more I read, the more I was convinced the author was onto something. Most people (myself included) are always complaining about how busy we are, how there is no time to think, no gap in our schedule. What if dishwashing could be our quite time; our zen moment?

A little further reading and research directed me towards a Buddhist philosophy on dishwashing: washing the dishes to wash the dishes. {2 things – yes I’m that cool, I research dishwashing, and how awesome is it that Buddhism has a philosophy on the same topic?!} The philosophy basically states that when you are washing dishes you should be fully present in that moment, not thinking about the end result, or what you will do once you are done washing the dishes. Taking the time to slow down and wash dishes in this way will undoubtedly bring mindfulness to other parts of your life without even knowing it. Washing dishes as a tool for self-improvement, that is something even a productivity junkie like me can get behind!dawn with olaySo following the advice of the mindful dishwashing post {there are guidelines} I decided to set the stage for a better experience. I bought a new dish rack, some pink gloves and a scrub brush – any excuse to shop, and upgraded my dish soap and sponge. I know it sounds corny, but I’ve never really thought about the quality of soap or sponge we use. This Dawn with Olay soap was part of a sample box that Proctor & Gamble sent me a few months ago and I had sort of cast it aside to play with make-up products {so much more fun}, but it’s pretty amazing. It’s soft, smells nice, and my hands don’t feel dry after using it – winner!

Images by: Aziz Dhamani

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PS: If you have any tips for making dishwashing or any other mundane chores a little more manageable, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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