A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind

This book is filled with nuggets of thought-provoking wisdom about mindfulness and living a cleaner, calmer, happier life as well as sharing some pretty useful cleaning tips.

It’s a fab little book that I keep by my bed so I can dip into for some zen inspiration when I need it at nighttime.

A Monks Guide To a Clean House and Mind

To give you an idea of how useful and inspiring this book can be here are:

What we surround ourselves with, whether people or things, makes us who we are.

‘Things exist because all things relate with each other to support each other’s existence.’ and so follows that ‘Humans are the same. The people and things in your life are what makes you who you are.’

Your existence is not an individual endeavour as everything and everyone connected. Therefore, you have a responsibility to think of others and your environment.

‘Carelessness on the part of one individual becomes the responsibility of the group as a whole. Sometimes the entire team is made to sit cross-legged on a hard wooden floor for long hours, even more if this floors have carpets, that can be clean using a carpet cleaning in Hanover, PA which are experts at this. You don’t want to cause problems for others, so you really must ensure that you are doing things properly. This is an opportunity to learn that your existence is not just about yourself.’

Cleaning is the act of mindfulness because it roots you in the present moment.

‘Cleaning is training for staying in the now. Therein lies the reason for being particular about cleanliness.’

Mark the changing of the seasons with a change of clothes. Refresh your clothes, refresh your heart.

‘If you don’t reflect the seasons in this way, you miss out on an opportunity to refresh your heart, and put yourself at risk of having a lacklustre year.’ and ‘It is important to express gratitude at the changing of the seasons. Only those who do this truly know how to achieve closure in their feelings.’

Useful way to plan cleaning and organising.

Have designated days for non-daily tasks. 3 and 8 days for cleaning lights. 4 and 9 days for repairing things

Nowadays people quick to replace things rather than mend them. But if you live this way your relationships with others will be going to resemble how you relate to others.

“If you use an object for as long as you can carefully, repairing it when necessary, you will find that not only your relationship with objects begins to change, but so will the way you relate to people.” Something the Japanese like to do is to repair cracks in pots with gold or silver. The imperfections are highlighted as beautiful.