I was getting ready to take the bus home the other day, at the end of my workday, and I had with me the insightful book I’ve been reading as of late. It’s reading that requires active attention and thinking, and I realized that I wanted in fact to vegetate on the way home, and considered popping into the library to pick up something light to read instead during my trip.
Then it dawned on me that of course we all experience the need, the want, to vegetate, or regress for a little while in our lives. Granted, hardly an earth-shattering discovery. But I also thought that meditation is a more soulful way to “vegetate” that leaves me more connected, refreshed, rested, and grounded. In addition to my regular meditation practice, I’m going to think of this whenever I’m in a more vegetative mindset.
So I’m adopting this motto from now on, and am thinking of creating a T-Shirt that says, “Don’t vegetate – meditate!” Maybe even with the internationally-known “no” sign (the circle with a diagonal bar across it) over a television. (Simply because it’s the easiest symbol of vegetating that we have in our culture.)
What do you think? :-)