Like the monk who strived so hard he couldn’t see the goddess right behind him, if we push too hard for results, we miss what is intimate.
As Zen teacher Pat Enkyo O’Hara — abbot of NYC’s Village Zendo, and a founding teacher of the Zen Peacemaker family — teaches in our current issue, even the most mundane of life’s activities are profound and beautiful when we and our work are one. Read “The Work of the Moment,” O’Hara’s feature in our current, March 2014 magazine online now. Just click here.
And: whether you’re waiting tables or washing laundry, meditating or making art, the key is always to savor the task at hand. So try O’Hara’s exercises for doing just that — there’s one for those working alone or with a group, and another for those working with a partner or in a group working in pairs.