IN HASTE

WE all do some things a bit too quickly. Our timing is “off” … we rush to complete something, to get somewhere, or maybe we speak so fast a genuine conversation is impossible. Examples abound; it’s not difficult to see this dynamic at work, is it? I notice myself doing this when I’m overly focused on getting to the “next moment,” as Eckhart Tolle often calls this subconscious rush to the future. Once you pause to consider how this subtle force works in your life, you may decide to slow things down.

Consider the moments you don’t really “see” because you’re already halfway to the next moment. How about the people you don’t actually “hear” because you are locked in your own mind, pushing the moment to complete itself so you can rush forward … once more?

Going to an art museum or spending time with nature are great ways to test yourself on this dynamic. Feel uncomfortable with a slower pace, running to-do lists through your head at the same time, checking your phone? Looking for a few brief seconds then “moving on” or skipping entire sections of the museum or the garden so you can quickly get to the next thing you want to say or do?

But … you may wonder … what’s the real harm in this? Isn’t life a race that requires selective attention and effective time management? Sometimes, yes, we simply have to hurry. No way around that. However, accessing the deeper side of life (the very mysteries of existence) and possessing an ability to reflect, meditate, and contemplate are linked to the ability to stay in the moment. FULLY.

While haste can feel natural to us because of the world around us, dare to challenge this. Dare to walk a path that creates an opening in your awareness, allowing for fresh insights to emerge. Otherwise, the race we’re quietly running may end badly. Otherwise, and probably. There is no medal for getting through life more quickly than the next guy. There is only a final breath waiting for all of us. That’s it.

So drag your feet a bit more. Don’t let subtle pressures to hurry impact your peace of mind, your sense of purpose. Imagine a world that isn’t half-crazy with visions of “getting to the future” just as quickly as possible. Experiment a little, see what happens. When I’m writing I can feel myself wanting, for example, the “complete the project.” The book, the article, the story, the poem. But I try to catch myself. Remind myself that a belief in time is at the root of this strange dynamic.

Spring is a good opportunity to let go of false notions. To see what life feels like without time calling all the shots. It is an illusion. And there is much to be discovered right here, right now. Thanks for stopping by this sunny space for kindred spirits. See you again in a few weeks!

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8 thoughts on “IN HASTE

  1. Yes, indeed. “The journey is the destination”—and it should be savored.

    • Savoring the journey is something you do so well, Laurie! Admire your optimistic, persistent spirit. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Can’t be reminded of this too much, Daisy. Thank you for your words that helped me to pause.

    • Iris, thanks so much for stopping by! And you are so right … we need these reminders daily, if not hourly … the idea of pausing can liberate us from the curious demands of “time.” See you again soon in this sunny space for kindred spirits!

  3. Audrey Denecke

    Thank you. Yes, I am physically aware of the pull forward. When I sit to meditate, or should I say attempt to sit. I find, at least some days, I soft talk to myself, breathe, breathe, breathe, to settle in. Of course, my monkey mind will interrupt with a thought in the form of a plan, name it plan, seconds later another thought, plan, to do, feeling, name each, and so on. And, through out the day, yes, the rush to get this or that done. Fortunately, on most days, my sense of curiosity is a good counter to the forward pull; it brings me to hold a moment, look into a face more deeply, look longer at the fractal patterns in nature, exhale and breathe in, to savor a moment in this precious day. Oops, now the pull forward again, to get ready for today’s activity.

    • A sense of curiosity … that’s a great thought, Audrey. Yes, that moment of “wondering” can tip the scales in the direction of awareness, presence, consciousness. Wonderful observation!

  4. Thanks for the lovely reminder of how quickly life slips away while we’re not looking! Was it James Taylor who sang, “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time?” I hope to achieve that some day!

    • Hi Linda, love James Taylor! Yes … the pace is maddening unless we choose otherwise. The struggle of a lifetime, I presume. Enjoy your weekend!

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