We’re All In a Rush

I was driving at about the speed limit on a business area street in the early morning. The woman in the SUV behind was crowding my rear bumper as if to spur me on to higher speeds. There’s no traffic, as is typical for 7:30 am. Although there is often a policeman waiting for the unwary just ahead.

This is a small town. It takes 10 minutes to drive from one side of town to the other plus or minus a minute. You can run red lights, drive at 5-10 miles per hour over the speed limit, try for shortcuts. It’s still 10 minutes plus or minus one.

Why rush?

Why rush through meals? You only give yourself indigestion.

Even people in ancient times figured this out. Yoga, for example, teaches slowing down and being mindful of what we’re doing.

Meditation, what today we’re popularizing as mindfulness, helps us to slow down and raise awareness.

Rushing is a state of mind. Sometimes a result of a lack of planning. Or a lack of preparedness. We’re always trying to catch up.

It doesn’t work.

Meditation, mindfulness, taking things as they come–this is all good for the body and soul.

Or, as Paul Simon said some years ago:

Slow down, you move too fast 
You got to make the morning last 
Just kicking down the cobblestones 
Looking for fun and feeling groovy

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