We rush so fast we miss it all. Everyone knows how busy we all are nowadays. The TrackSuit CEO wants to shoot for the stars and still spend his entire life with his family, and somehow this seems to me the most reasonable thing in the world. How to achieve this?
As so often, the answer begins inside ourselves.
When I was a kid, rushing around hither and thither, my mother would tell me to slow down because, “more haste, less speed,” using the old British proverb that takes notice of fools getting nowhere in a hurry.
Carl Honore has written a book called “In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed”. I haven’t read it yet, so this is not one of TrackSuit’s famous Reviews. But I have read the Amazon reviews to it, and here’s an excerpt from one review that made me think of TrackSuit’s readers:
“The chapter I most appreciated was the one on parenting. Children do not understand the need for our fast pace, and what they need more than anything is our time. This book made me realize the number of times I tell my daughter to hurry up/we’re late for school/we need to go now/blah blah blah. I do not want my daughter to grow up like so many kids in our culture: overprogrammed, overscheduled, and stressed out.“
The problem of speediness impacts us as Americans today – while the rest of the world watches, amazed – but the Europeans aren’t off the hook completely, because this business of moving too fast is actually a part of human nature that has been observed from ancient times.
Buddhist practice revolves around “mindfulness”, which involves holding your mind in attention to the very moment as it’s happening. You can do this by returning your awareness to each and every breath, even in the middle of any action.
And it’s a funny thing about slowing down in this way: it’s the way to move quickly also.
Mipham Rinpoche, a Buddhist teacher, says in one of his books or videos that when we get in a crisis we start to panic and get speedy, whereas if we would force ourselves to relax we could actually generate the extra energy needed to deal with the situation. Practitioners of the martial arts know all about this too.
There is much more I could say about this, but we have plenty of time 🙂
What do you think? Could it be that slowing down allows us to get more done?
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