August 8, 2010

awake.

I have this tendency to rush things.
I walk fast. I talk fast. I eat fast. I work fast.
Constantly hurrying, constantly racing.

Whether it's flying through a book I love or speeding from point A to point B--always fifteen minutes early--I find that i'm quite literally sprinting through life. 

This is obviously a problem.

Not just because it's exhausting, either---but also because it's blurring every moment as I zoom past it. I'm letting key words and people and memories fade into the distance as I zip by them, always hastening toward the next thing.

Mindfulness.

It's what the Buddhists preach. And the yogis. And basically all the other people with some semblance of peace and calm in their lives---and while there are tons of theories and exercises and meditations about the subject, what it really boils down to is consciousness. Being aware. Alert. Responsive. 

In other words: not rushing or hurrying or racing.

It's a lesson we can all hold on to, I think---learning to turn off our auto-pilot tendencies and to actually tune in, to awaken.

Because if we're not really awake, really alive, then what's the point, right?

9 comments:

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I'm also always on the go and fast-paced. Incorporating some mindfulness is an inspiring idea.

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

Everyone is always telling me I walk too fast. :) Good reminder to slow down sometimes!

Anna from Fireflies etc.

3 Simple Letters "Ari" said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with you! .. Life can be so hectic at times, that you tent to forget the little joys. Those little things that makes life so worth living. It is true we need to tell our selves to slow down and take deep breaths so we don't only CAN move forward but can joy LIFE TO THE FULLEST!

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Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

This post is simply PERFECTION!! I needed to read something like this ... thank you for the inspiration and lovely words!! Sending you a hug! xo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said... [Reply to comment]

Such a great post. I'm just the same, so thank you for the reminder to slow down a bit and appreciate more. Have a lovely week!

Jade said... [Reply to comment]

i agree. not enough ppl live in the moment, and i try to just enjoy every second i have when i have it.

FASHION ICE said... [Reply to comment]

i find myself also rushing and i should slow down, this is really inspiring! great blog. come follow me xoxo

WendyB said... [Reply to comment]

Well, at least we're making good time ;-)

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

This sounds exactly like me! I am always always rushing, no matter where I'm going or what I'm doing. I needed to read this. Thanks for posting. You have a great way with words!