whether of compassion or irritation,
should be welcomed, recognized, and treated
on an absolutely equal basis; because both
are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me.
The mustard greens I am planting are me.
I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean
this teapot with the kind of attention I
would have were I giving the baby Buddha
or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated
more carefully than anything else. In
mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard
green plant, and teapot are all sacred.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle of Mindfulness"