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'Think of your house as an allegory for your body. Keep cleaning it every day.'
In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional cleaning techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but your soul.
Sweep away your worldly cares with this guide to living a cleaner, calmer, happier life. Drawing on ancient Zen household techniques, Buddhist monk Keisuke Matsumoto shows you how a few simple changes to your daily habits - from your early morning routine, through mealtimes to last thing at night - will turn your home into a peaceful, ordered refuge from today's busy world.
'Surprisingly calming ... The most unusual self-help book of 2018' Daily Mail
The essence of Shin-Buddhist monk Matsumoto's inspiring guide to decluttering is summed up in its opening declaration: "we sweep the temple grounds and gardens and polish the main temple hall" not "because it's dirty or messy," but to "eliminate the sufferings in our hearts." There is much offered in the way of practical advice for, say, removing perspiration stains from a cotton shirt (use baking soda). But the power of the book comes from Matsumoto's metaphysical reflections. When cleaning out old stuff, particularly something handmade or with sentimental value, he explains, the Buddhist way of cleaning means taking the time to feel grateful for a moment and "not handle things carelessly." Then, pass the item along "to people who could use them, where they can have a purpose and shine again." Matsumoto reveals cleaning as a kind of ritual, a "way to eliminate gloom from the mind" as well as grime from the kitchen sink. Readers despairing of the chaos awaiting them at home whether in the form of an unmade bed or last night's dishes in the sink will take heart from this gentle, reassuring book.