"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
We need to learn how to reject life's surface pressures in order to find the subtler and deeper pleasures in life such as the hint of a smile on another person's face, how the sun feels nicer walking on this side of the street versus that, or the rippling of the wind through a field. We live in such a stressful age. Noise, pressure and demands come at us from all sides. There is never any let-up, no matter where we turn. Home, work, even commuting in between are filled with stress and tension. We get caught in the turmoil...rushing in and out of each other's lives. How quickly the smiles fade as we pass each other by.
A common response against this onslaught from the outside is a sort of continual talking to ourselves, planning what we're going to do or say, admonishing ourselves for those things that we have or have not done. Our minds are never still enough to hear the sound of wind or the rain. To avoid drowning in the world's noise, we drown ourselves in our own. The unceasing inner chatter only drains and stresses us out even more. We tie ourselves into tighter and tighter knots, going in vicious circles. We tense up against tension which only makes us more tense. We react against this continual bombardment with a kind of chronic tightness, always preoccupied, never unwinding or being fully present in our life. How rarely we experience the tranquil calming of nature, the soothing silence of the deep woods, the magic of another person or quiet moment.
If your life were to end today, what memories are you making?
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