A Haiku - Meditation
A Haiku - Meditation
Where is sweet repose?
Amidst the world's frantic pace?
Find time to reflect.
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?
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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