But I don't leave her to do it alone. Secondarily that's because I want to be here to supervise the process ie I want to indicate for her where I'd like her to invest her energy and effort. Primarily it's simply because I enjoy participating in it.
When I called her to set a date, she asked me "What's your context for the session Laurence?". Now, to be perfectly clear about this, those were not her exact words. Most people I know, do not use words like those (true, many of them do, but most of them don't). Even though those are my words which I've substituted for what she actually asked, they do recreate the exact sense of what she asked. I didn't need any time to consider a response. I'd already formulated it: "Everything's sparkling - inside and out" (those were my exact words).
Here's how you turn the chore of cleaning, into a priceless transformed Zen opportunity: when you're cleaning surfaces, notice (pay attention to) how you relate to the task of cleaning itself (that's just code for "how you relate to your life"). Are you doing it begrudgingly just to get through it so you can be somewhere else? ie you'd prefer to do anything but this? If so, see if you can shift how you relate to the work of cleaning, from something you'd rather not be doing, to something worth doing (because it is), and more than that, something worth doing well, and worth doing completely.
Remember, how you relate to cleaning, is code for how you relate to your life: be that it's worth doing well, that it's worth doing completely, and that there's nothing better to do at this very moment. Look: while it may not always be obvious, there really is never anything better to do at this very moment than exactly what you're doing at this very moment. Do it slowly and thoroughly. Don't do it in order to git 'er done. Do it in order to do it slowly and thoroughly. In this way, getting surfaces sparkling clean, even when successful, carries no significance. The value of paying attention to getting the surfaces clean, is in transforming the way you do the work.
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