When I first started looking into the Friends tradition, the concept of sacramental living made immediate sense to me. Even as a child, I had a sense of lingering holiness about everyday things like trees and fields and books, although I couldn’t possibly have articulated what I felt.
Making laundry a prayer seems obvious, if I just remind myself. The folding and sorting can be a quiet, domestic form of worship. The feel of the cloth is soothing under my hands, and the rhythm of folding becomes a liturgy of socks and shirts.
Balancing the checkbook takes a little more thought, but I can find God there too. The numbers and logic are satisfying, and it’s not a huge leap to imagine that God must find an exponentially greater satisfaction in the ordered rhythms of molecules and planetary systems.
Even driving can be its own meditation (as long as I pay attention to the road, of course). I am learning the welcome discipline of shutting off the litany of work-related concerns, and replacing it with a conscious gratitude for the trees and fields and open sky on my way to work.
That said … if anybody figures out how to sacramentally scour burned rice out of the bottom of a pot, come on over to my house. I will give you a scrub-brush and let you meditate the hell out of my pots and pans.