Slow down. Calm down… and don’t worry about the hurry. Don’t allow it to control you. You don’t have to rush through life. Take a break from the ‘hustle and bustle’… and be present. Find happiness now, in this moment, instead of waiting for it. Take a moment for yourself. Be still…. just for a moment. Listen to the world around you. Listen to your thoughts. Explore the details of your surroundings. Take an opportunity to be at peace with being still.
In our modern world, activity and movement are the “default modes,” if not with our bodies then at least with our minds, and with our attention. We rush around all day, doing things…, talking, emailing, sending and reading messages, clicking from browser tab to the next, one link to the next.
We are always on
We are always connected
We are always thinking
We are always talking.
There is no time for stillness. This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. We lose peace.
And worse yet: all the rushing around is often counterproductive. I know, in our society action is all-important — inaction is seen as lazy and passive and unproductive. However, sometimes too much action is worse than no action at all. You can run around crazily, all sound and fury, but get nothing done. Or you can get a lot done — but nothing important. Or you can hurt things with your actions, make things worse than if you’d stayed still.
And when we are forced to be still — because we’re waiting in line for something, we often get antsy, and need to find something to do. Some of us will have our mobile devices, others will have a notebook or folder with things to do or read, and others will fidget. Being still isn’t something we’re used to doing.
Take a moment to think about how you spend your days – at work, after work, getting ready for work, evenings and weekends. Are you constantly rushing around? Are you constantly reading and answering messages, checking on the news and the latest stream of information? Are you always trying to Get Lots of Things Done, ticking off tasks from your list like a machine, rushing through your schedule?
Is this how you want to spend your life? If not, take a moment to be still. Don’t think about what you have to do, or what you’ve done already. Just be in the moment. See your life with less movement, less doing, less rushing. See it with more stillness, more contemplation, and more peace. Then become that vision.
It’s pretty simple, actually. All you have to do is sit still for a little bit each day. Once you’ve gotten used to that, try doing less each day. Breathe when you feel yourself moving too fast.