Exploring Spirituality

Combining Character and Interfaith Education for a Better World

Taking Out the Garbage

I used to hate taking out the garbage. I'd curse and yell. My father hated taking out the garbage and I must have picked it up from him. I'd think of all the other important things I should be doing and what a waste of my important time it was. Then Maharaj ji showed me: we all have garbage in our minds. Think that you are cleaning your karma - smile as the place gets clean and leave it clean.

My whole mood changed. It's not that I don't have ‘better' things to do than take out the garbage. But if I don't take the garbage out it will always clutter my mind and spoil the space for the good thoughts to develop.

So let's enjoy our chores knowing that they make way for more productive activities. And of course, if we can delegate or hire someone else to do them all the better.