Every morning, I do two things the same:
1. Put a cup of boiling water over a half cup of fine-cut oatmeal and cover it with a ceramic lid.
2. Sit cross-legged in Zen meditation for 20 minutes.
Today, the oatmeal sat while I did. And it seemed like the same thing was happening. The hot water was seeping into the flakes, enlarging them, becoming part of them and making them into food for the body. Meanwhile, following my breath, I could feel World enter and enlarge me, become part of me and make food for the Soul. Both processes took about 20 minutes. After eating my Soul food, I sat down to a refreshing bowl of oatmeal, all ready to go. Two for one!
It’s a nice way to start the day.