Oh , it has become too easy. I see it in myself many times a day. I to accomplish things . I grabbed .
I’m in my car, stopped at a traffic light , and instead of staying inside my head or looking out the window , glancing quickly to my phone. What’s new in the last three minutes after the last traffic light ? What are email landed in my inbox ? Such as news alerts ? What he posted on Facebook ? Twitter ? Instagram ? The light turns green, and put the phone down , my head abuzz .
Or I ‘m sitting at my computer , working on a review of the book , a story, an essay, a blog post . I hit a snag. The words do not flow easily. Thus, with a single click , I headed to the amusement park that is the Internet. Those pants cute that I saw on a friend last night could go on sale . Or suddenly , it seems a good time to take a look at possible destinations for spring break . Or maybe I just want someone I met at a dinner last week. Now I’m not doing what I was doing . I am no longer in my creative space .
I have achieved, and I got dizzy for anything that feels … too hard. Too daunting. Awkward .
O wait . Maybe it’s time in the evening. I’m preparing dinner for my family after a long day that was full of ups and downs, and myself a large glass of wine . Perhaps the other . A pleasant feeling warms me from the inside. Aahhh . It slows my mind . Sharp edges are softened, smoothed. A break from the daily stress, disappointments, frustrations , and setbacks – including the joys and pleasures – are too uncomfortable to hear .
How to become willing to listen to all ?
I recently had the privilege of being in the audience for an extraordinary experience of the story, while I was teaching at a retreat on Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington. This engaging narrative experience was in place in the cosmos . While lying in a dome and was brought back light years in time , it became more of a miracle, this is our planet , this confluence of the Sun and the Moon, the habitability of soil and water , the gravitational force keeps you in a stable orbit , beautiful , life-giving . What struck me tonight was how is unlikely to be a human being on planet Earth. And almost impossible circumstances that allow all of us to be here together, it is essential that we wake up to it.
days pass , vanish, and we walk blindly among the miracles – so goes the ‘ ancient prayer of the Sabbath.
Today it is marked by a new moon , the beginning of a new year, and I do not know about you, but something about the roundness and the magnitude of the number – 2014 – ! Feel hope and good luck. Many of us may have resolutions as we enter this new year. We decide to eat better or give more of ourselves or yoga or meditate regularly or whatever.These are all on my list. And everything is great. Important . But it seems to me that overcome any sense be awake and alive every moment , can only be subtle yet seismic shift that many of us are looking for.