I was going to post a blog about the coming of autumn but I’m delaying that for a few days. This message seems much more important.
Why is it that when we get stressed, we go into over-drive & race through life at a wreckless speed? The higher our level of anxiety, the faster we go to compensate for the lack of control we are feeling. In this state, we make more mistakes & experience careless accidents that might be avoided if we were in a calmer state of mind.
Last night, I watched Short Cut to Nirvana, a 2004 documentary about the Kumbh Mela festival in India. This celebration attracts 70 million people, the largest gathering of people in the history of humankind. How is it that I’ve never heard of it?! Unbelievable. Spiritual men & women attend this festival, held once every 12 years, to share their wisdom with anyone willing to listen with an open mind & an open heart. One guru pointed out that Westerners cannot sit in a meditative posture for 3 hours because we are in too much of a rush. He believes that if we tried, we would find that to be the most valuable 3 hours of our day.
I’m realistic. Most Westerners won’t do it. We’re “too busy”. How about this… take five. Just take five minutes today to sit in silence. Focus on your breath & listen to your authentic Self. Be still. And tomorrow, take five more minutes & sit for a total of ten. Like exercise, the more you practice, the greater your rewards. I predict that if you are saying, “I don’t have time for this”, you are one of the people who needs it the most. Give yourself the gift of time. You deserve it. Take five.