The Cure for Busy-ness

What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?  –Omid Safi, “The Disease of Being Busy”

 Omid Safi, columnist for the On Being website, wrote a beautiful piece about the unfortunate state of busy-ness that most of us find ourselves in these days. “How,” he asks, “did we create a world in which we have more and more to do with less time for leisure, less time for reflection, less time for community, less time to just… be?”

My thoughts immediately turn to the kitchen, to the mindful process of cooking, to the shared meal over which deep conversations and connection take place.  One might argue that with the advent of convenience foods we have at last freed ourselves from the drudgery of kitchen work, creating more leisure time in our lives. For most of us, however, this does not hold true. The time that we once spent preparing nourishing meals from scratch has turned into more time on our devices, more scheduled activities, more meetings, more TV.  By investing less time and effort into what nourishes us we have stopped giving cooking and eating the sacred space and reverence it deserves. We have lost the simple joy and satisfaction of cooking a meal from scratch. We have lost one of the best opportunities in our day-to-day lives to connect with ourselves, our planet and each other.

It’s time to slow down. It’s time to remember, or perhaps discover for the first time, what it is like to just be.  The kitchen is a wonderful and very natural place to begin.

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