are busy people. Not because we are so special, but because that is the
nature of our species. In the old days, if you were not busy, you would
probably starve. If you were not alert, you would likely get hurt,
maybe eaten. So we inherited from our ancestors a tendency to be
busy and wary. It is somewhat comforting to have our brains running in
high gear much of the time. We may feel more productive and safe that
way. But, we can become like the driver who races his car between
stoplights. He doesn’t get anywhere faster than the rest of the
traffic, but he uses more energy.
imperative to be busy, to always be doing something, means that
our focus shifts rapidly. While we are doing something, we are
planning what we will do next. We lose the experience of being in the
moment. It may feel like we are driving in a high gear. We might shift
from fourth to fifth gear and back readily, but we may never get into
low gear. We may never learn the value of idling.
car that works only in high gears is useless no matter how powerful its
engine. We need to downshift our minds sometimes too. We need to shift
out of judging, worrying and planning sometimes to just notice who and
where we are.
yourself to downshift into a more spacious mind. Find one thing to
focus upon. Focus on an object, or a single word or thought, or just
upon your breath.
Then, once you are in a lower mental gear, find no thing to focus upon. Just settle into a receptive state. Open the mind to receive. Receive without judging.
receiving a gift, one does not ask the price and make an account sheet
and rate it against other gifts. One accepts graciously. So
should we do with our experiences at times.
your thoughts and perceptions gratefully, but without becoming involved
with them. Just sit and observe your thoughts like scenery going by.
You don’t have to do anything about them. They just are and then
they are gone.
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