Call me crazy but I love to wash dishes. Please let me explain… Since moving into our new house nearly 1.5 years ago I have had this tiny obsession with hand washing dishes. We own a perfectly functioning dishwasher but I never feel the need or want to use it. In fact, I am pretty happy getting my hands in the warm, soapy water. It’s a soulful experience for me. It reminds me of misogi (ritual purification). In our Aikido, we practice exercises that purify the spirit. By doing this we prepare the mind for training and learn how to develop our center. This is misogi.