There is a place that lives in the space between
action and rest.
(Credit: The Wisdom of No Escape is the title of a book
by Pema Chodron – well worth reading)
For me, it’s the place of walking without talking.
Or driving in the car on an open highway without music or sound.
I used to enter it when I knit a lot…hours of jewel toned
colors in my hand – repetition and creativity combined.
I believe we don’t often access that place
these days. There is always a device to fill
the void – and thus the openness of “almost boredom”
almost never had a change to visit anymore.
I read a post the other day that asked if we thought
people have stopped dreaming – as in settled for the
mundane and given up hope for something different.
I don’t necessarily thing so. What I think is that
the time and space for dreaming and creating from
those dreams is lacking in the flow and speed and
distraction of life these days.
What do you think?
Love if you would share your thoughts in the comments below this post.
Deborah Tutnauer, MEd, MSW
PS. We as humans often expand our
conscious awareness through conversation
and can take the expansion and bring it
into our work and our lives.
Vision Sessions are for exactly that..
and they are complimentary.
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Billie Allen says
I definitely agree with you, Deborah, that most people don’t take the time to be where they are. Multi-tasking is the norm because there’s some false belief that it makes us more productive. But just the opposite is true.
When we slow down, and take time to get centered and aligned, the universe starts working for and with us. Furthermore, single-tasking has actually been proven to be more effective. If we allow ourselves to focus on a specific task without disruption, we get into the flow of that action, and the task becomes easier. It’s kind of like what happens when we start running and it’s a struggle at first, but then the endorphins kick in and we get in the flow. Or like shifting into second gear when driving. There’s always more momentum required at first but it becomes easier as we keep going.
And then, of course, there’s the absolute value of living in the moment and really taking the time to enjoy where we are. I remember being a teenager, laying on my bed listening to music, listening to the sounds and words and just letting myself become absorbed in the feeling. I’m sure we’ve all had that experience. Now music is generally background while doing a million other things in our busy lives.
But we always have the opportunity to stop and just be. I have started the habit of doing this any time I feel the seeds of overwhelm. I just stop and slow down. I get present. Then get focused. And, like magic, everything becomes easier. 🙂
Thanks for the post, Deborah!
Deborah Tutnauer says
Wonderful thoughts Billie. You are appreciated for sharing them!