My new practice robe

January 3rd, 2010

I hung up my priestly things and came home after a week’s retreat.
Inside the door, I said my hellos, reached into the closet and put on my practice robe.
I said, “This is no reflection on you, but this is what I must do.”
He said, “I know. So I did a little bit and then left the rest for you.”
I sorted the laundry to calm the eye.
Ran the vacuum to clear the mind.
Mopped the kitchen free of stubborn stickiness.
Freshened the fish tank. Changed the towels. Emptied the trash.
Tomorrow I think I’ll clean out the rain gutters.
I know my place.
I know the way.
I am home and happy.
Having the good life is simple when you practice the one you have.


  1. I am another yourself. Thank you for the real life, sacred life, simple life posts that feel like heart and home.
    With much love and gratitude, Gabriela Masala

    Comment by Anonymous — January 3, 2010 @ 1:36 am

  2. Here's to celebrating the life I have, exactly as it is. Right here. Right now. Perfect.

    Happy new year.

    Comment by GailNHB — January 3, 2010 @ 2:11 am

  3. savoring and it tastes yummy!

    Comment by mb — January 3, 2010 @ 4:15 am

  4. Indeed, sister. I also think that a good life is a simple life, especially these days. Beauty in the mundane.

    I really like your blog. I came via Mama-Om.

    Comment by Jodi Anderson — January 4, 2010 @ 1:04 am

  5. Again .. expressed perfectly .. "Having the good life is simple when you practice the one you have" .. says it all, but how we forget. Thanks again for the reminder.

    Comment by the meditator — January 4, 2010 @ 2:11 am

  6. You know I invariably think of you when I'm folding the laundry on Sunday night 🙂

    Comment by jena strong — January 4, 2010 @ 3:13 am

  7. I read every post you make, as I've signed up for emailed notifications. And I like them all, but this one…this one made me smile with my heart!

    Thank you–

    Comment by Beth P. — January 4, 2010 @ 5:38 am

  8. Beth,
    You are the only reason I do this. Now my heart is smiing too.


    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — January 4, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  9. I must agree with Jena…random folds of laundry bring thoughts of you and the beauty you've shared. Thank you.

    Comment by Lisa — January 5, 2010 @ 1:09 am

  10. Thank for this post. I just finished a sesshin myself, and I can't believe how happy I am by just washing dishes.
    Happy New Year!


    Comment by Anonymous — January 5, 2010 @ 8:18 am

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