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Zen and the Art of Housekeeping : The Path to Finding Meaning in Your Cleaning - Lauren Cassel Brownell

Zen and the Art of Housekeeping

The Path to Finding Meaning in Your Cleaning

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Wash the dishes, do the laundry, mop the floors, scrub the toilets, make the beds, vacuum the rugs . . . the list goes on and on, with little time to stop, breathe, and take in your beautiful surroundings. Now you can. Learn to be at peace and attain enlightenment while doing all the "little" things around the house. Your floors and counters will shine as you become one with your home and gain an elevated sense of being. Zen and the Art of Housekeeping challenges you to put more than elbow grease into your daily routine. You'll learn how to spirit yourself away during mundane chores as you muse over thought-provoking Zen koans like: If the kitchen is the heart of the home, what is the heart of the kitchen? What is the color of clean? If the purpose of cleaning is to remove dirt, what is the purpose of dirt? What fills empty spaces? Whose footprints are on your floor? With Zen and the Art of Housekeeping, you'll scrub your way to enlightenment-and a spotless sink. AUTHOR: Lauren Cassel Brownell is a graduate of the University of Texas and has served in advertising and marketing positions at newspapers across the country. Once marriage and motherhood became her top priorities, she perfected her Zen style of house maintenance as a home-based freelance writer and consultant. When she's not busy reflecting among the suds and sponges, Brownell enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Lubbock, TX.

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. ix
The Middle Wayp. 1
Zen concept: all things in moderation
Cleaning koan: does a house have buddha nature?
The Heart of the Homep. 31
Zen concept: meditation
Cleaning koan: if the kitchen is the heart of the home, what is the heart of the kitchen?
Blue Monday: learning to Love Laundryp. 49
Zen concept: factors of enlightenment-investigation, tranquility, and mindfulness
Cleaning koan: what is the color of clean?
Buddha in the Bathroomp. 63
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-concentration
Cleaning koan: what is the sound of clean?
Roots and Wings: cleaning the Floorsp. 73
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-energy
Cleaning koan: whose footprints are on your floor?
The Ones You Lovep. 87
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-equanimity
Cleaning koan: who is the face in the mirror?
The Things You Lovep. 107
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-rapture
Cleaning koan: what fills empty spaces?
Cleaning Greenp. 137
Zen concept: reverence for nature
Cleaning koan: if the purpose of cleaning is to get rid of dirt, what is the purpose of dirt?
Cleaning With the Seasonsp. 157
Zen concept: embracing the rhythm of nature
Cleaning koan: what gives life its flavor?
Achieving Enlightenmentp. 169
Zen concept: creating rituals
Cleaning koan: what is the shape of your life?
Conclusionp. 181
Resourcesp. 185
Opportunity for existential extra credit on the path to enlightenmentp. 189
Housekeeping triviap. 195
Quick reference for zen terms and conceptsp. 197
Housekeeping Journalp. 201
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ISBN: 9781598694499
ISBN-10: 1598694499
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st March 2008
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Dimensions (cm): 19.202 x 14.783  x 1.499
Weight (kg): 0.236