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Zen and the Art of Housekeeping: The Path to Finding Meaning in Your Cleaning [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Zen and the Art of Housekeeping: The Path to Finding Meaning in Your Cleaning

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440514708
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 756,242
  • File size: 440 KB

Meet the 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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction     ix
The Middle Way     1
Zen concept: all things in moderation
Cleaning koan: does a house have buddha nature?
The Heart of the Home     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 Laundry     49
Zen concept: factors of enlightenment-investigation, tranquility, and mindfulness
Cleaning koan: what is the color of clean?
Buddha in the Bathroom     63
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-concentration
Cleaning koan: what is the sound of clean?
Roots and Wings: cleaning the Floors     73
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-energy
Cleaning koan: whose footprints are on your floor?
The Ones You Love     87
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-equanimity
Cleaning koan: who is the face in the mirror?
The Things You Love     107
Zen concept: factor of enlightenment-rapture
Cleaning koan: what fills empty spaces?
Cleaning Green     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 Seasons     157
Zen concept: embracing the rhythm of nature
Cleaning koan: what gives life its flavor?
Achieving Enlightenment     169
Zen concept: creating rituals
Cleaning koan: what is the shape of your life?
Conclusion     181
Resources     185
Opportunity for existential extra credit on the path to enlightenment     189
Housekeeping trivia     195
Quick reference for zen terms and concepts     197
Housekeeping Journal     201
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