Before enlightenment;

Chop wood, carry water.

After enlightenment;

Chop wood, carry water.

~Traditional Zen Proverb

(variously attributed to Dogen, Seng Ts’an, Wu Li)



Beauty can be found in the simple, ordinary things of life. We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. Cleaning the house, washing the clothes, cooking a meal; the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with our total involvement, with love, and for their own sake, without thought of recognition or reward. We are facing a time now when this easy, natural and utterly ordinary approach to the situations we encounter will bring far better results than any attempt on our part to be brilliant, clever, or otherwise extra-ordinary. Forget all about making headlines. The special gifts we have to offer are presented best by just taking things easily and simply, one step at a time.

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