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photo: mindfulness

“You’ve got to practice meditation when you walk, stand, lie down, sit, and work, while washing your hands, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, drinking tea, talking to friends, or whatever you are doing:

While washing the dishes, you might be thinking about the tea afterwards, and so try to get them out of the way as quickly as possible in order to sit and drink tea. But that means that you are incapable of living during the time you are washing the dishes. When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you’re drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life…

Be mindful 24 hours a day, not just during the one hour you may allot for formal meditation or reading scripture and reciting prayers. Each act must be carried out in mindfulness.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness


© erin dunigan 2012

photo: #rethinkchurch day 6 – world


the world in my cup                                                         Baja California, Mexico
© erin dunigan 2013

Day 6 of the #rethinkchurch lenten photo challenge – the theme is ‘world.’ It has been interesting to see how people – most of whom I do not know – have been representing the various themes thus far – who am I, see, injustice, etc. I have been surprised at the range of images – from somewhat literal (a pair of glasses for ‘see’ for instance) to more abstract (a spring blossom for ‘return’).

So, as I sat pondering the theme this morning, and looked down at the cup of tea I was holding, wondering how I might convey today’s theme ‘world’ it struck me that it was there right in front of me. The world in my cup, so to speak.

For it happened that the Oolong tea I was drinking was a gift given to me in Taiwan. The cup in which I was holding it came from a potter working near the slums in Nairobi, Kenya. It was sitting upon a pillow, covered with a beautiful woven tapestry that I found in Chiang Mai Thailand last year. I, an American of Irish descent, was sitting drinking and observing all of this in Baja California Mexico.

Lest this seem only like an excuse to brag about my many travels, what struck me about the realization was that the world is, of course, vast and big and ‘out there’ but that very vast world is also ‘right here’ – reminding me of new friendships made in each one of the places represented by my image – friendships that are able to continue through technology such as facebook, so that friends in Kenya are replying to comments made by friends half a world a way in Thailand, to photos I am posting from Mexico.

It is a reminder to me that the world, though vast, is also beautiful and full of experiences, encounters, strangers, and new friends.

This world, our home for a time.