Clean The Dishes, Clean Your Soul

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
4 min readFeb 17, 2023
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“Washing dishes is at the same time a means and an end. It is a means of cleaning and also a means of practicing mindfulness. Just as we need to keep our physical environment clean in order to avoid the spread of disease, we also need to keep our mental environment clean, clear, and calm. Washing dishes is one way to do this.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

I woke up yesterday with a bit too many dark thoughts going through my head. I can’t remember anymore what they were about, surely the usual worries. It happens a lot when I do not sleep enough.

The kitchen was a mess. I just had to clean everything before having the salted water and then the daily coffee.

Long ago, I read this quote by Tich, and I had forgotten about it, until yesterday when I began to clean. I didn’t make an effort to remember it. It just came to me, as it tends to happen with those thoughts.

When I grabbed the first dish to wash, the thought that ran through my mind was “Agh, again, the fucking dishes”, but once I began cleaning, my mind space began to get clean as well.

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