Time goes slow
When we look to the future,
Wishing we were anywhere but here.
Do we have the resources to fill the space,
Between what is and want we want -
Not by leaving this behind,
But by making now what we want?
It’s harder than you think to stay concentrated, keep yourself entertained,and not simply sleep through the greater part of life.
06 Jul 2012 2 Comments
Time goes slow
03 Jul 2011 18 Comments
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31 May 2011 3 Comments
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Geese hooting at the moon over water,
The gentle lap of waves on the shore
Tilting scales on creaking chain,
Not a grain of sand is lost
Sparks that fly from the fireside,
Eyes that stray to the stars
Soil under feet,
Loamy taste of earth on fingers
15 Apr 2011 3 Comments
08 Apr 2011 4 Comments
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All beyond is darkness, irrelevance,
There is only the now,
The fist, the blood and the pain…
And the joy, the unbearable, unbreakable joy
In pure concentration,
This poem –
All that’s left behind
06 Mar 2011 4 Comments
Life is chaotic and almost by definition will be full of strife. This is because as human beings we have an in-built need to find meaning in life. This is the great strength and great failing of mankind. If we find a great cause our life will be enriched. If we find something larger than ourselves, we can live and die fulfilled and maybe even make a real difference. But the downside of giving life this structure, of using our minds to build an edifice of dreams and expectations, is that we will inevitably feel let down at some point when things do not go as we want. The other aspect of this is that our minds have been trained both by evolution and since childhood to look for problems to solve.
For example if we are lying in bed and are uncomfortable we will alter our position to feel better. But after a short while we will often take for granted that we are now lying comfortably and find something else we need to ‘fix’. Perhaps our toes are poking out of the blanket and are cold. This process can continue indefinitely. This leads to a seeking negativity mind-set, a mental feedback loop that is constantly trying to correct what we see as wrong with the world.
To a certain extent this can be improved by understanding that we are a small individual in a large and changeable world, and will rarely have everything exactly as we would wish. The control freak in us must learn to let go. But there are also more direct techniques that will help:
1. Never lose the gift of humour. No longer having a sense of humour is the first sign that you have lost your mental balance. In this condition important decisions should not be made.
2. Another useful technique is to reverse the normal tendency to look for problems. Instead look for things you have missed but which make your life better. For example I am currently enjoying the incredible power and utility of the Internet to communicate with people across the globe! This should not be taken for granted. This is the gift of perspective.
3. The last is to concentrate absolutely with what you are doing at the present moment. The effort required to do this is hard to sustain, but improves with practice and when achieved leads to a state where the passing of time is not noticed, for you are too absorbed in what you are doing to think about anything else. This is the gift of focus.
These ideas are not a prescription for enlightenment. They are not the one and only path to happiness. They are ideas that may help some people. They certainly helped me, and continue to do so, on a daily basis. When I feel down, or for some reason find myself in a negative mood I try to cultivate the mental discipline to apply the three techniques above in whatever order is most appropriate. Often for me it is – find something funny with the situation, look for something to be grateful about, and finally refocus on what needs to be done and do it with 100% concentration. Anything else is beyond your control.
24 Jan 2011 2 Comments
The light that shines too bright is no light at all, Harsh, controlling, knife to the eyes that would see; Negative, overexposed, a tyrant, But deep in the wood a red fox runs, Evading stumbling hunters Who would rend it, shoot it, Hang its dead carcass on the wall. But ever its secret wisdom will evade them, Down the rabbit hole to the deepest place, Until the hunters woo their quarry he shall not be caught, They must seek the fox within, Now they hunt themselves.