When I become blocked on a project I am working on and I am unsure about the next step to take, I have a little ritual I do that is a prayer practice. I wash my floors. It may be my office floor, my kitchen floor or my dining room floor. It sounds so simple, yet it is often the simple things that help us the most.
I have found that washing my floors helps me find my way forward when I am stuck. When I fill a bucket with warm water, add some vinegar and a few drops of lemon oil, and get down and scrub the floor with the intention and prayer that the path before me would become clear, something happens inside of me. A shift begins to take place and I start to see possibilities that I didn’t see before.
Washing the floor becomes a metaphor for clearing my path so that I can see my way forward. There is something rhythmic and meditative about the movements required to wash the floor. There is also something symbolic about wiping the dirt off the floor that feels like wiping away the mental fog that is preventing me from seeing clearly.
More often than not, this act of washing the floor will clear away the inner blocks that are preventing me from seeing and knowing the next step I am to take with my project. When the floor has been washed and it is sparkling and fresh, I feel a deep sense of calm and satisfaction when I stand on it. I feel refreshed inside and I feel it is possible to find a way forward. My clean floor becomes a symbol of a clear path and direction.
By taking the break from my work and turning my attention away from something that I am viewing as a problem or a challenge, I am creating the inner spaciousness for my creativity and intuition to kick in. I am creating space for a new and fresh perspective to come to me.
Washing my kitchen floor becomes a body prayer of rhythmic motions that creates inner spaciousness by allowing my logical, thinking mind to take a back seat to my creative mind. The words ‘clear the path before me’ become a mantra that helps me sink into a place of relaxation. It helps me let go, and through letting go, I create room for new awareness and open up to being guided to an answer. By simply washing my floor in this prayerful/meditative way, I often have a moment of revelation and can see the possibilities before me instead of the problem.
There are many ways that we can turn our everyday activities into a spiritual practice. Simple things, like weeding the garden, can become a metaphor for clearing the old to make way for the new. There is something satisfying about doing these little jobs and when we do them with awareness and intention, these everyday chores can become a living prayer or meditation practice that supports us.
In what ways can you turn your everyday activities into a time of prayer and reflection that supports you?