ON THE MOVE, TAKE YOUR TIME, and WORKS OF ART
If a person does not keep pace with her companions, perhaps she hears a different drummer.
Henry David Thoreau (paraphrased)
~ A Book Review ~
Lately I have been busy as a bee while working at slowing down and taking my time. Ironic, isn’t it?
The book Take Your Time by Eknath Easwaran (1910 –1999) drums to that different beat.
What I liked about Easwaran writing is his utter practicality. For example – focusing on one thing at a time, you or I will do that one thing better and with greater appreciation. With this simple bit of wisdom, Easwaran turns head over heals the modern western ethos that multi-tasking equals speed, efficiency and success.
Take Your Time: How to Find Patience, Peace and Meaning is a short read. I highly recommend it.
I’m reading it twice.
Here is a brief excerpt, in photo essay style. . .
Take Your Time – by Easwaran
Our civilization has developed a mania for speed, careening out of control in the fast lane of life – a race with no prize and no way of winning. . .
One sure sign is that no one has enough time. Another is how many of us are hurrying to be late. Everyone seems to be trying to fit more and more into the same fixed twenty-four hours. That is the paradox: we hurry faster and faster only to find we have less and less time.
An unhurried mind brings the capacity to make wise choices every day – choices of how we use our time, of how we place our resources and our love. I am not just talking about avoiding the rat race, but about a life full of artistic beauty – a life that has almost vanished from our civilization, but is quite in reach of everyone.
The Buddha called this “living intentionally.” It is a way of life. Slowing down is not the goal; it is the means to an end. The goal is living in freedom – freedom from the pressures of hurry, from the distractions that fragment our time and creativity and love. Ultimately, it means living at the deepest level of our awareness.
In this, I believe, we do more than simply elevate our own personal lives. We begin to remake our civilization. We can began to transform our global jungle into a real global village…
Our children will remember naturally the needs of all the children on the face of the earth. This is our destiny. This is what we are all born for and what we have been looking for all our lives, whatever else we have been seeking. ~ Easwaran ~
“A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.”
~ Meher Baba ~