A moment of meditation

gray monk statue in between plant pots

Cleaning as a form of meditation

Samu is a part of Soto Zen training which consists of… cleaning. The whole wax on, wax off kind. It’s such a simple exercise, and is considered its own form of training.

If you allow it, cleaning can be relaxing and even therapeutic. There’s no real pressure on you to go out of your way to do a good job, but the act alone makes you want to do a good job. It makes you want to get that last tiny speck.

I like to think of this when I’m doing something I have to do, but don’t really feel like in the moment. On the other hand, I also like to make a point of doing some form of cleaning, like sweeping the floor or wiping my computer screen, when I need to take a short break.

These exercises are the perfect chances to get into a meditative state, a state where you’re still focusing on what you’re doing, but the outcomes don’t matter nearly as much as your state of mind while you’re doing it. They are the perfect moments for meditation.

ENJOYED THIS? HAVE MORE.

MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM

Subscribe to my yamabushi newsletter

RECENT BLOG POSTS

people inside room
Get it out of your system
jigsaw puzzle
More of the same
charming child sweeping concrete pavement with broomstick
How to deal with unwanted experiences

YAMABUSHI BLOG POSTS

Standing out
boys playing soccer during day
Play the whistle
brown wooden dock surrounded with green grass near mountain under white clouds and blue sky at daytime
Was it a chance to learn?

RANDOM POSTS

Preaching to the masses
The recency bias and getting over stuff
Draft your ideas early for the best results!
Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

Get In Touch

Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 

tim@timbunting.com

Share this:

Like this:

Like Loading...
Scroll to Top