Rice must be washed before it can be cooked. We here in the US buy our rice already washed and ready to be steamed.
Washing rice is laborious and mundane.
Joko, a Zen master, makes the point that we must honor instead of resent the banal tasks that animate life. Washing rice can be an honored ritual. It is all in the way we approach our daily obligations.
For those of us with too much to do, this advice is tough to take.
How can we enjoy emptying the dishwasher?
Folding laundry? Commuting? Balancing accounts?
We each have our own list.
Finding meaning and maybe even a little joy in the obligatory tasks of life creates order and purpose.