Consider these three statements:
There is no reward for speed
Don’t be attached to outcome
Keep your divine momentum up.
Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D suggests integrating the above viewpoints so that we might better meet the losses and pains that inevitably arise in life.
Somehow I acquired the idea early in life that I needed to rush, that leisure was the devil’s playground, and that hurry was necessary to get ahead in life – to accomplish whatever it was you desired to do.
There is no reward for speed. But there are consequences, and they are not pleasant in the long run.
Hurry is wrong view, unwholesome. Ask yourself if the universe hurries. It is unnatural to rush and try to get things done more quickly. God doesn’t, the trees and flowers don’t and the seasons don’t.
So, working against nature leads to suffering.
Wholesome view is a way of seeing/being that leads to harmony and ease. It is natural, or we could say, divine, and not human created from that place where we believe we are separate. That is an unwholesome view. Actions stemming from this place will be hurtful.
I am in the process of developing wholesome ways of seeing because I really am tired of suffering, of feeling dissatisfaction with the way things are.
That means breaking old habits of thinking.
The habit of hurry has not been easy to break.
However, habits get nervous when they are watched, so I watch myself doing “hurry,” noting it, and bringing myself to awareness of the breath I am breathing. That slows me down. Over and over I repeat this watchfulness, and return to this simple breath.
Trying to “figure out” how I can create a good outcome has also kept me unhappy. This is a mode of thinking that doesn’t have a stopping place. It will go on as long as I try to figure things out. That is everlasting dukka (suffering)!
Instead there is grace and surrendering the outcome to God, which is much more helpful.
Being persistent in my mindfulness practice is not easy, especially when I am elated or feeling down. Both positions make lead to suffering. And they are both opportunities to practice!
So, I continue to breathe, consciously slow down, and focus my energy inward. There’s a lot going on inside! Wow. All sorts of activity is taking place. Lots of holding going on. Holding tight, breathing shallowly, tightening muscles. And lots of wishing everyone well.
Noticing how I hurry is just another opportunity to relax. Let go. Breathe out, and in, with awareness. Deep listening can happen as I do this.
Each moment is a new opportunity.
If you would like to join me in this, just begin with the first slogan:
“There is no reward for speed.”
Then listen to what your mind says. Listen, open your heart to all your beliefs. Become aware, watch, and be patient. Freedom will be yours!
Here is a poem from Rumi that helps awareness grow:
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Yes, Rumi understood mindfulness.
Ancient wisdom teaches us the ways of Spirit.
Let the ancient wisdom within your heart speak to you, and bring you the happiness of a safe, unhurried, patient journey in life.