Loving Every Little Mundane Thing

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Something popped into my head this morning as I was putting away some food from my breakfast. It was just such a joy to be doing this mundane task, and I realized how many such tasks make up my life. Most of the things we do during the day are mundane, really, but they all string together into a day where we either feel like we've accomplished something or not, we've been happy or not, all those kinds of judgements passed on what we did or felt.

It made me think about the saying "Be Here Now," which was made famous after Ram Dass published his book by that name in 1971. And that made me think of "The Power of Now," Eckhart Tolle's very popular book which created a stir in the late 90s until today. "Now" has been talked about a lot, and it's supposed to be the key to happiness in some way, being present in this moment instead of lost in thought and not paying attention to the very rich reality of being there.

But the problem with the "now" teaching is that they always emphasize the fact that it's already gone. That "now" that is the key to your happiness? — sorry, it's over. Now there is a new now. This kind of thinking doesn't allow for the unfolding of the task, the appreciation of the beauty of it, the simplicity, the very act of doing, and how very special that is.

I prefer to look at my "now," or my task at hand, as something that God is present in. God is participating in this unfolding task with me. I don't know how it's going to go, but I don't need to know. I don't need anything from it. In a way I can offer this moment up to God, as opposed to looking for a way for this moment to serve
me. In giving it away like this, the task at hand becomes a loving act, and I am experiencing that love. There's a reciprocity going on, and that is felt as joy, ease, and appreciation. This "now" moment becomes so full, not just of "being here," but of love.

Loving this very thing that I'm doing right now, as it unfolds, and not needing anything from it, not judging it or needing to feel like I'm accomplishing something, brings a "power of now" that is full, overflowing, and life-giving. Makes doing the dishes something to look forward to.