Zen | Moses Lake, WA | 2015

The patterns of our lives are often hard to recognize. Repeated behaviors — habits good and bad — become fuzzy amid the bustle of daily activity. Too much food. Too much gossip. Too much smartphone. Too little exercise. We can go weeks before realizing that change is necessary and months before how to change becomes clear. Zen monks rake sand or gravel as one “focusing” task to improve concentration and awareness. Raking ripples and waves provides a visual and mental order that, they say, can help realign life’s messy ways.