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A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto
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it was amazing

A tiny book packed with wisdom even for Westerners. I loved it!
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“WHERE THERE IS NOTHING, THERE IS EVERYTHING. BY LETTING GO OF EVERYTHING, YOU CAN OPEN UP A UNIVERSE OF UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“WHEN YOU ACQUIRE SUCH ITEMS, YOU BEGIN TO TRULY UNDERSTAND WHY THEY MUST BE TREASURED. THIS IS BECAUSE THE BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS OF THE PERSON OR PEOPLE WHO CREATED THEM HAVE BECOME PART OF THEM.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“ONCE YOU LEARN HOW TO SEE HOW YOUR INNER TURMOIL MANIFESTS ITSELF THROUGH YOUR SURROUNDINGS, YOU CAN REVERSE ENGINEER THIS, MASTERING YOURSELF BY MASTERING THE SPACE IN WHICH YOU LIVE.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“IN ORDER TO CULTIVATE WISDOM AND COMPASSION IN OUR LIVES, WE SHOULD DO OUR BEST TO KEEP THE SOURCES OF ILLUMINATION IN OUR HOMES FREE OF GRIME OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT OBSCURE THEM.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: light

“MUMYO REFERS TO THE CONDITION OF BEING FIGURATIVELY LOST IN THE DARK. SINCE YOU ARE UNABLE TO SEE THE TRUE NATURE OF WHAT IS AROUND YOU, YOUR MIND SUCCUMBS TO WORRY AND ANXIETY.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“CLEAN THE LAMPS AND FIXTURES GENTLY, AS IF YOU ARE POLISHING YOUR HEART AND SOUL TO MAKE THEM SHINE THEIR BRIGHTEST.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: shine

“JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE HOME, THE TOILET IS A PLACE TO BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS AS WELL AS YOURSELF.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: toilet

“EVERY TIME YOU STEP INTO YOUR TOILET YOU SHOULD APPRECIATE HOW YOUR BODY IS EXPELLING TOXINS AND WASTE. YOU SHOULD FEEL REFRESHED AND GRATEFUL.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: toilet

“CUTTING YOUR HAIR AT REGULAR INTERVALS IS A WAY TO HONE YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“SHINSHIN ICHINYO REFERS TO THE IDEA THAT THE MIND AND THE BODY ARE ONE. TRYING TO THINK OF THEM AS SEPARATE IS FOLLY. MEALS, MANNERS, AND GRATITUDE: PUT THESE ELEMENTS TOGETHER AND YOU TOO CAN LIVE IN HARMONY.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“PEOPLE WHO ENDLESSLY CHASE AFTER NEW THINGS HAVE LOST THEIR FREEDOM TO EARTHLY DESIRE. ONLY THOSE WHO CAN ENJOY USING THEIR IMAGINATIONS WHEN WORKING WITH LIMITED RESOURCES KNOW TRUE FREEDOM.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“F 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.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: care

“We all know that humans cannot live without food. Your body is made of the food you eat, and therefore neglecting to consider what and how you eat is the same as neglecting your body. By neglecting your body you are neglecting your mind.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: fuel

“Cleanliness is close to enlightenment, and so is a clean mouth with a fresh breath.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: mouth

“There is an old Zen teaching that says that if you haven't washed your face, everything you do throughout the day will be impolite and hasty.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“When you are on the path (up to your door), try to stop at some point, take a deep breath, and let yourself be filled with gratitude.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: path

“Hospitality starts with cleanliness. Be sure to make it a beautiful place where anyone can feel content.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“We take tea breaks at ten in the morning and three in the afternoon. Taking regular breaks like this allows us to stay energized throughout the day.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: breaks

“Your garden is a place where your body and soul can be in dialogue with your surroundings.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: garden

“Communing with nature gives richness to our minds. Examine nature and examine yourself through the lens of nature. You might be surprised at what you find.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: nature

“Because our gardens are a part of nature, they never look exactly the same twice.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: garden

“What people see in a garden is a reflection of what is in their heart.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: garden

“Clean your screens as if you are cleaning your soul, allowing the air to flow through freely.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“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.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“If there is a stain on your clothes, that spot becomes the focal point of your attention, making you unable to relax for the entire day.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: stain

“Of course, doing things this way saves time, but cutting corners on one task leads us to cut corners on another and then another, leading to a weakening of the heart.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“With just the smallest bit of neglect, the heart too can become neglected and begin to fill with worldly desires. This is why we must do the laundry.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“This can be none other than a sign of the unity of body and mind: the body reflects the heart, and the heart reflects the body. (few wrinkles on face)”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“When ironing, visualize yourself ironing out the wrinkles in your heart.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“Glass is the very symbol of transparency and nonattachment. If your windows are cloudy or dusty, your mind will become cloudy as well.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

“Dishes are one of the tools that support life. Please take great care when using them.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: dishes

“The emphasis on conservation, which is at the heart of our way of life, is not just an effort to be green. In order to remove impurities from the heart, you must reduce wastefulness in your heart.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: waste

“Dishes must be carefully held in both hands. Holding things in this way displays a sense of natural sophistication and shows that you take care of each and every thing you hold.”
Shoukei Matsumoto, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
tags: care


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Mary Just in time to inspire my spring cleaning plans.


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