Zen and the Art of Vegetable Chopping

Wednesday’s Workout (CAP)
5×5 Squat Clean (185/125)
Each set starts on the 2:30 mark

Followed by:
1 mile run for time
Starting at 11:30

… and coming Thursday (NO CAP)
AMRAP/7 at each station
1 minute to rotate

Station 1
21 Squats
21 Double Unders/42 Singles

Station 2
15 Push ups
15 Box Jumps (20”)

Station 3
9 Wall Ball (20/14)
9 Knees to ElbowsAnyone who follows my Facebook knows I enjoy cooking. I’m not the best at it, but I get a true enjoyment from it. In fact, like vacuuming, I find chopping vegetables relaxing. Yes, I just also said I enjoy vacuuming.

To me, there is a mindlessness and a mindfulness present in both activities. I need to be mindful of things, like not running into the walls or not chopping off my fingertips, but it doesn’t mandate the attention and concentration the rest of my day requires. It’s like in meditation, where you leave your eyes open but let them go out of focus. You can see, but you’re not really looking. You’re not excluding yourself from the world, but you’re stepping back a little bit. You experience the world a little bit differently, perhaps a little more impartially.

With that distance comes relaxation for the brain, body, and soul. On a physical level we can help our body flush out stress hormones. On a mental level we can calm our thoughts. On every level these moments of calm, breathing, mindless mindfulness are good for us. For me, this is chopping vegetables and vacuuming. I can’t hear you, the vacuum is too loud. I can’t talk to you, I need to focus on the knife blade. And by “you” I mostly mean my own mind.

What is your vegetable chopping? Do you take moments to breathe?


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