Hand on hip, the other dialing my cellphone, I glared at the revolving Trader Joe's frozen Veg-burritos, still not done?
Sigh… a watched microwave never dings.
As I checked my voicemail, long put-off hunger drove a surge of impatience through me. My phone beeped… low battery. Yeah, no kidding. Ding. finally! Slumping down to eat, a moment of clarity arose in my mind.
This is not the life I want to lead, where the speed of microwaves just isn't fast enough. I pulled the plug and made a vow, three months, no microwave.
This was back in October 2010. At first a bit of a challenge, I found using the stove took slightly more time, but found creative ways to use the same pan to heat multiple things.
I found myself gravitating towards slower foods. A bag of lentils, some carrots, Organic brown rice, a bunch of collard greens, while spending less money, eating healthier foods, and enjoying more peaceful mealtimes.
Foods that are better for us, are more compassionate choices, and have less impact on the planet as well.
Every couple days I make enough for a few meals, and have embraced leftovers as the new conveinience food. Winter was especially tough, A lot happening in my life.
My old speedy friend beckoned me anytime I was in a rush. All I had to do was plug her back in – bring her back to life.
I remembered my vow to slow down this life.
When an object is dropped from a great height it accelerates at 32 feet per second, per second, until reaching a top speed called terminal velocity (it just can't go any faster) before it lands on the earth. What is the terminal velocity of a culture? Are we close?
We seem determined to find out, but what has livng at this pace done to our lives, our health, our relationships, our familes? When will we crash land? After 4 months, my old friend the microwave made the journey to the spare room, ancient burial ground of things that once mattered. She's been there for a couple months now.
The next stop is out on the curb, a fading memory of a faster time.
No, you don't have to toss your microwave oven to practice Yoga, but you may consider relying on it less. Maybe start tonight with a slow and nourishing meal. (There's a great recipe link in the left hand column of this website.) Slow down and savor this life.
Set your own speed limit. Don't let the marketers dictate the velocity of your life.
Join me on this peaceful quest for less. As the excess fall away, there's more space in our lives for what matters most.
We could do more, but we choose to do less.
Click the comment link to share how you're slowing down this summer. Om shanti, I'll see you in class.
p.s. Registration for our Fall Massachusetts Yoga Retreat has just opened. We are more than half full. Hope you can join us the weekend of Oct 1st.