The Means are the Ends

The Means are the Ends The practice of mindfulness means that we learn to treat every means activity as an ends activity. When we brush our teeth, we aren’t just brushing to get the tooth brushing over. We brush to enjoy the brushing, to be present to the cool water and the minty zing of the toothpaste, enjoying our breathing and the activity of our hands. Commuting to work is no longer just to get to work, but is also about taking our time and enjoying the driving. Eating our breakfast isn’t just to get good nutrition and to provide energy for the day, but to enjoy our breakfast. In theory, this isn’t about doing things more slowly—or, at least, there is no strict necessity to do so. I

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