"When you wash the rice, wash the rice; when you cut the carrots, cut the carrots; when you stir the soup, stir the soup."

"Ok," I decided, "I'll make those words my life." They became a life jacket, the proverbial Buddhist "raft," something which keeps you afloat, even when you are going under.

Edward Espe Brown, Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings