Rushing life is a symptom of not being
deeply in the moment. At its heart, rushing is an emotional approach to life. Thus, we can be 'rushing' while sitting perfectly still. Examples abound: rushing occurs while shopping, working, playing, thinking, eating, listening,... maybe even sleeping. Rushing is the 'lust' Buddha spoke of in the Second Noble Truth
. Let's go one step further. What is the cause of this 'lust'?
Biology hoodwinks us into feeling that our rushing will lead to resolution and a peaceful stillness we lack at the moment. Of course, that absence of centered [chref=16]stillness[/chref] is what drives us to rush in the first place. And that absence is caused, in the end, by our mind and its ability to imagine a future - [chref=38]foreknowledge[/chref]. We can always imagine a 'brighter' future than our present moment, and so off we go mentally and emotionally, if not physically. Interestingly, the word religion
stems from the Latin word relig
which means reconnect, reattach; the word yoga
stems from the Sanskrit root yuj
which means attach, join, bind. I'm thinking, 'Humpty dumpty sat on a wall,...'. How can we reattach ourselves to the whole
from which we so obviously feel disconnected?
Our mind got us into this mess, perhaps it can help us reconnect. How about using our freewill
and just say NO!
We will just decide to stop rushing, be [chref=37]still[/chref] and return to our moment. Ha, ha, ha!
Okey, that's out, but there is a [chref=41]way[/chref]. First we must carefully observe our life to prove to ourselves that this - 'situation and its cause' - is actually happening. As realization deepens, our behavior - the rushing - subsides [chref=17]naturally[/chref]. No freewill, will power, discipline, intelligence, are needed - whew! Ironically, we actually need to [chref=40]weaken[/chref] our will to watch carefully enough. Fortunately, we begin taking care of that at birth, i.e., [chref=36]if you would have a thing weakened, you must first strengthen it[/chref].
Naturally our rushing blinds us greatly. The more we rush, the less able we are to observe, which leads to further rushing. Gads, it is a wonder we don't fly apart at the seems! This certainly explains why this is a life long process. We may [chref=70]understand[/chref] all this in an instant, but it take a lifetime to [chref=70]put into practice[/chref]. Times a wastin'...let's start today!