Walk Slowly

In such as fast paced world, we can get swept up in the speed of modern living, which seems to be accelerating rapidly with advances in technology.  There are fewer natural opportunities for mindfulness and I am reminded of the comedian Des Bishop’s skit on mindfulness, where he talks about having to rewind the video cassette before returning it to the video shop and watching condensation drip on the window of the bus before the advent of smart phones. 

 

In addition, most organisations have year over year productivity improvements to achieve and this drives a work culture of having to get things done faster and faster.  Unfortunately, after spending 8 hours+ a day working at a  head spinning pace means that unless one is very intentional and aware, the driven doing mode spills over into home life and we end up doing everything in the same way… inhaling food on the run, coffee to go, power walking, phone calls while doing housework, racing around, multitasking and ending up in a chronic state of stress. 

 

There’s simply no balance unless we create it and this is where the practice of mindfulness comes in.  Mindfulness teaches us about the mode of human being as opposed to the mode, we more frequently find ourselves in, that of human doing.  It recognises that there is a time and place for both approaches to life – ideally an equal measure of both.  The problem that modern day society finds itself in is that it seems to be submerged in human doing and has lost it’s knowledge of and capacity for the skills of human being.