The Idle Woodlands:

Passage Through Stillness

“Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing.” – Sharon Salzberg

Too many people rush through life with a sort of reckless abandon, never fully aware of what they’re doing, where they’re going or why. Asleep at the wheel, as it were. Missing the deepest experiences of life as they rush past. Being excessively forward looking in life certainly lends itself to progress, but progress towards what? Or perhaps rather, progress at what cost?

“Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.” – George Macdonald

In life It is essential to slowdown, breath and to evaluate at any given moment what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Often through stillness, the greatest clarity and in turn productivity can be achieved. Realizations of a revelatory nature generally come from the idleness between the big moments in life, rather than the moments themselves. As even day to day events can often be overwhelming, always grant yourself the time to breath, to slowdown and contemplate things. Otherwise, the most profound epiphanies, the most essential discoveries, may pass you by.

“The way to do is to be.” – Lao Tzu

Action requires direction, intent and perhaps even a plan. Only through deep thought, through stillness, through reflection and exploration of the mind, can real purpose be established. Actions without thought are aimless and undirected actions are certain to be less fruitful than actions considered. Allow yourself to simply be, to let things happen, to contemplate free from artificial boundaries. Remember, an understanding of many things can be found in the idleness between them.