Saturday Morning Perspective

 In Individual Work

The world offers its things to worry about. About as often, people offer their idiosyncrasies to us to distract or annoy us. We live in a sensory whirlpool of  – “urgently needed” products, sensational news, endless demands for our attention. What we need we don’t get.

We don’t because we fail to recognize its importance. We numb down to the whirlpool’s noise and force. We distract ourselves believing we’re living when we are really on sensory overload.

This occurred to me the other day when a man told me he had been ‘in therapy’ for six years and ‘got nothing out of it.’ I asked him ‘what did you put into it?’ He had no answer. He’s a man looking for a magic pill, a pill that will make his life seamless and his mind idea free.

The first thing is to leap out of the whirlpool. Turn off the cell, turn off the tv, turn off the car radio. Take all that time and begin listening to your own breathing, begin attending to the sweet music of your heart pumping faithfully even though you rarely thank it.

Take a minute or two with a small child – borrow one if you have to – and walk through a bookstore or a park. Listen, don’t talk. Ask, don’t tell. Let the natural beauty of nature be your guide and teacher.

Every hour of every day is the time to reconnect with the privilege of living. Every time you Stop! Look! and Listen! every time you do that you open a space for your own holy spirit to feed you.

Here are a few lines from the poet Rilke:

“You have not grown old, and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secrets.”

– Ranier Maria Rilke (from You see I want a lot )

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