In Japan, cleaning is meditation. According to Shoukei Matsumoto, presiding monk in Tokyo's Komyoji Temple, cleaning is the art of cultivating the mind, not just removing dirt. In Zen practice, cleaning is a greater part of a monk's training then meditation. This is because "cleaning is as important as drinking water and eating food. It is part of life".
The Indian mystic Osho (1931-1990) has said "Work and relaxation are not contradictory...the more you put yourself into work the deeper you can go into relaxation. Work is valuable. It will bring humbleness and silence. People should feel that their work is something very special, and whatever work they do is respectable. "