A Haiku - Meditation

A Haiku - Meditation

Where is sweet repose?

Amidst the world's frantic pace?

Find time to reflect.

What has been added to the already full schedule today?
What has been added to the already full schedule today? | Source
Exercise can include meditating at the same time.
Exercise can include meditating at the same time. | Source
Hey, guys!  When you want an apple pie, bake one like I did this one.
Hey, guys! When you want an apple pie, bake one like I did this one. | Source
You may not have been promised a bed of roses, but you might ask that some be planted and tended.
You may not have been promised a bed of roses, but you might ask that some be planted and tended. | Source

Commentary:

In the hustle, bustle of our commercial restaurant kitchen, I sometimes came with an urgent question. My partner-wife-chef would sometimes interrupt with: "I can't hear you now. I'm meditating."


I don't have a clue how she can do that, even today when the restaurant is in the past, and life has only somewhat slowed, American life remains hectic. There are calls to make, birthdays to remember, shopping to do, gardens to tend, harvest and preserve, church callings to fulfill, neighbors to serve, a household which almost half the month has seven to ten people, meals to make, laundry to do, and the inevitable dusting and cleaning. (Anyone else would quit!)


Yet she reads each chance she gets, enjoys movies at home, makes time to exercise and stay healthy, coaches others on well-being, and greets and serves customers who come to her in-home health store!


If it were not for the quiet times, even the meditation done during the uninterrupted moments of personal activity (such as the restaurant scene I have described), the daily load would be intolerable.


My jobs? To do my share along with her, so that she isn't doing things alone when there are things I can share in doing. Marriage is after all intended to be a full and equal partnership. Dusting, cleaning, laundry, dishes, shopping, finances, cooking, gardening, customers, even quiet times (such as mine now) are not "sex specific" although some used to be, and some Americans and others like to think they still are.


Every human being deserves to have "private time," time when life around them gets turned off, and the mind can look in on itself and make sense of the past, the present, and plans for a future of "light at the end of the tunnel."


Meditation is defined by one Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as the "Act of meditating; thought; esp., close or continued thought. From the same source, meditate is defined as "to dwell in thought; to muse; reflect."


In this age of what has been called "information overload" self preservation requires we give ourselves as many peaceful times as we can. If doing so puts us to sleep, we might also need to get a regular good night's rest on as regular a schedule as life allows.

Why not give meditation some thought?



A peaceful moment of meditation can restore your equilibrium.
A peaceful moment of meditation can restore your equilibrium. | Source
The only partnerships that count and last for the long run are the equal ones.  It is a shame that the slogan "From each according to their ability; to each according to their needs" was not universally applied to marriages!
The only partnerships that count and last for the long run are the equal ones. It is a shame that the slogan "From each according to their ability; to each according to their needs" was not universally applied to marriages! | Source

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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this hub, I need to remind myself before I get to stressed out to take some time. Jamie


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful message and timeless.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Timeless, but already fading from sight on HubPages where new Hubs become old Hubs in a seeming rush to disappearnace. I could hope that you are right, though.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Found a little sweet repose today after a hectic six day work week last week. Beautiful thoughts!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Mel Carriere - An unbalanced life has to be put back into balance somehow. A bank here, that advertised that they "give 110%" went bankrupt, even though they never came close to giving 110%. We humans can't give 110% every day either, although my wife often exceeds that by sticking to one task at a time, and seeing it finished. Try a little of your "sweet repose" daily. You will go twice as far, twice as fast, I promise.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Meditation is very worthwhile. It gives me great peace of mind and has often floated me into a complete sense of peace and contentment.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Meditation for me goes hand-in-hand with lake time. It sure works well.

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