"Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed,recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both areourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I amplanting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean thisteapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the babyBuddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully thananything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard greenplant, and teapot are all sacred."