It Takes MORE Than 5 Minutes…
It takes more than 5 minutes, was my thought this morning. I’m an oatmeal-and-poached-egg kind of guy. And I fix this type of breakfast almost every morning while I’m drinking coffee and pondering my day. So I’m looking at the box of oatmeal, and it says “bring water (I use almond milk) to boil and add ingredients (oatmeal, salt, etc.), and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.” Simple, right?
If you take into account that you had to buy that milk or water, the pan you use, the oatmeal, the salt and anything else you add to your oatmeal; that’s more than 5 minutes. You also have to bring the liquid to a boil; that’s more than 5 minutes. And you have to let your oatmeal set and cool before you can eat it; which is also more than 5 minutes. What’s my point here?
We’ve reached a place in our history where everything is supposed to be instantaneous, easy, quick (add your own word here). But do we need that? Probably not.
Apparently, I’m a sucker for things that go slow. I do yoga and I raise bonsai from seeds and clippings. I even do slow strength protocols for strength training. But in our rough and tumble, completely wired-in electronic life, I think we still need things that we just have to wait on, that take time and patience.
How long does it take for a cut to heal? 1 to 2 weeks (source: https://advancedtissue.com/2014/09/signs-wound-healing-stages/) How about a major surgery? 10 to 12 weeks minimum (source: https://www.verywellhealth.com/recovering-after-surgery-3156847)
How long does it take to fall in love? Is it in an instant or does it take time, energy and practice? How long does it take to fall out of love? Probably a lot longer than you think it does. The average length of time people are together before they get married is 18-25 months. What’s the average length of time to get over a divorce or a death in the family? The average is 3 years IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHILDREN and if you have children… it can take longer. How long do people grieve the loss of a loved one? Sometimes it’s for the rest of their lives.
Be Still. Be silent. We all need time off. Time to be still, listen to our heartbeat or breathing. Slowing down, doing deliberate movements with repetition, while being completely present, is the definition of Zen. Take 5 minutes today. Turn off the phone, tablet, or TV and just be. Go for a walk, garden or take a nap without an alarm set. We’ll all be here when you get back.