Slowing Down to the Speed of Life

258 Relax and Succeed - Pig in a blanket

Today’s video blog will surprise you. Its inspiration and beauty comes in an unexpected form. It succeeds in connecting us to the present moment by dropping any expectations we might have. There is nothing for our ego in this experience. This is quietly, profoundly spiritual in nature.

When people have spiritual insights they often find that their realizations at first feel counter-intuitive. The same idea seemed backwards until they saw it from their new perspective. So in a culture obsessed with speed and productivity it might seem unusual that I would be suggesting that, to get more done, you should consider actually slowing down.

How can you get more done by doing less? The trick is to change your priorities. You need to stop making doing so important and instead start putting some value on simply being. You can’t be harvesting full time. Not only do the furrows of your mind need planting, they also need time to lay fallow—they need time where they are still and empty because no tea can be poured into a full cup. If you want to grow, you have to surrender something you currently believe in favour of something new.

258 Relax and Succeed - Just slow down

We all need to pay less attention to what’s going out outside of us and more attention to what’s going on inside of us. We need to stop being so busy inside and out, and we need to start being still. We need space, openness, and light. We don’t need more data, more challenges, more strength. We do need more understanding, more rewarding experiences and more flexibility.

The answers you’re looking for in life do not need you to achieve more. You don’t need to climb anything. You don’t need to earn, strive or gain. You need to relax into knowing. You need to simply be. As the Zen poet Dogan said, “If you cannot find truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”

This video is only two minutes and thirty-seven seconds long. Strangely, even the sound is valuable. Like the photo of the pig a blanket, it has no purpose, no aim and no point. It simply is. And that simple status is what makes it so profoundly beautiful. Enjoy:

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Think about bookmarking this video. It might be nice to take a moment to spend time with this little guy every now and then. This is a creature without guile. This is a video of being. And precisely because it aims to accomplish nothing, it manages to accomplish a lot.

Have a wonderful day.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations locally and around the world.

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