Every week I take time to do a brief altar ritual in addition to my meditation practice. Picking cards is one of my most favorite parts of this experience.

I find a slight suspense in wondering what the message of the week will be.

The other day I picked this card, ordinariness.

I thought it was quiet fitting as I had just come back from my trip to India and aspects of life there are so simple and yet so rich.

As the commentary of the card stated: "We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. Cleaning the house, tending the garden, cooking a meal--the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with your total involvement, with love, and for their own sake."

Yesterday as I was placing my wet laundry on the drying rack and the railing of my deck I felt such ease and sweetness in this smallest of tasks.

I find that in my life I am often so involved in the grand vision of what I want to do that remembering the little things is such a useful practice.

The message of this card concluded with words that I have been carrying throughout the week.

"Forget all about making headlines by inventing the latest widget, or dazzling your friends and colleagues with your unique star quality. The special gift you have to offer now is presented best by just taking things easily and simply, one step at a time."