"When we clean, we begin to appreciate how things are there for us, supporting us, encouraging us, and when we appreciate things, we appreciate ourselves and one another. So, to respect the floor or the grounds, is to respect ourselves.
"This is how we develop intimacy and connection. Although everything is one, you will not understand what that means unless you practice it. When you clean, you experience the oneness. You realize everything is helping you.
" Not concerning yourself with the care of things may, on the surface, seem to be desirable but, in this context, it is considered lazy and self-centered, as if you are trying to exist apart from things. That's one of the reasons you feel disconnected and unsupported."
GARY THORP : extract from "SWEEPING CHANGES", Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks.