Mop | East Wenatchee, WA | April 2020

Breakfast done, dog walked, lawn watered. What now in self-isolation? Is bucket and mop really a consideration? For Buddhist monks, “Cleaning isn’t considered burdensome or something you don’t really want to do and wish to get over with as soon as possible,” writes Shoukei Matsumoto in his wonderful little book A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind. “Cleaning is carried out not because there is dirt but because it’s an ascetic practice to cultivate the mind.” Well then, I should be beaming with bliss after slopping a mop over these long-ignored floors.