The other side of cleaning

Spring is a good reminder of the need to clean again and again. But a cleaner perception allows us to see beauty and potential in what may be considered at best a chore. Beneath the surface, there is much more happening and much more is possible within you and in the space, beyond the obvious fact that you are moving dirt from one place to another. There are studies about the benefits of engaging in cleaning and Bill Gates gets to wash his own dishes....

Cleaning our Lenses of Perception

Ever since I discovered window cleaning, I have been fascinated by it partly because of the difference it makes within and without and partly due to its value as a metaphor. Window cleaning is about changing what we see by transforming what we are looking through, not what we are looking at. What happens when we clean dirty windows is that light is finally allowed to come in unfiltered and we get to truly see the view beyond the window,...

Cleaning in Cape Town

“Cleaning is the process of removing dirt from any space, surface, object or subject, thereby exposing beauty, potential, truth and sacredness.” Ever since I had the above epiphany, I have spoken it countless times in many places. Each time I do, I get washed by it, as the essence of cleaning is invited into the space to do its work. This happened again and again while I was in Cape Town recently for Cleaning workshops and conversations organized by my...

Our power to make the world better

Given the result of the Brexit referendum, what is the invitation now, where the rubber meets the road, where individuals get to choose? Among those who favored a Britain that is part of the E.U. what is the opportunity occasioned by the fact that 52% of Britons voted for Britain to be out of the E.U? Is it all doom and gloom? Do we just lament and blame the people who caused it? What can individuals who are part of...

All Cleaning is Internal

When we mop a floor, wipe a counter top, scrub a toilet, dust a table, it is not so much about the physical dirt we are removing from the object, surface or space. It is about the dirt we are removing within us. When we enter a dirty space to clean it or if we live in a dirty space, we internalize the dirt. The dirt without takes up residence within and the way we get rid of the dirt...