Making soymilk for 350 retreatants every day for three months taught me to live in the present moment – no past, no future, no blame, no right, no wrong, no theories or notions, only now.  I wrote about my experience 0f living in Deer Park Monastery near San Diego in the Mindfulness Bell:  

http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/articles/mb37.pdf

When the cover appears scroll down to pages 38-39.