In this mashup of two talks, Michael uses the phrase from Dogen Zenjis, Instruction to the Cook, where he suggests that each grain of rice be handled carefully, as if it were your own eyes. Treating our lives this way helps us awaken to the truth that any Tathagatha, or person who actually sees reality, can embody.
This embodiment is a gift. Something referred to hal in Arabic, or satori, in Zen is this very gift. But we must earn it. We do this by being open and available vessels that carry this teaching with greater potency the more we sit still.
This is how we care for our practice as if it were our own eyes.