February 26 – At the Pace of What Is Real – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand.” Seng-Ts’an

Like most people I know, I struggle with taking too much on, with doing too many things, with moving too fast, with overcommitting, overplaying. I’ve learned that I must move, quite simply, at the pace of what is real. While this pace may vary, life always seems vacant and diminished when I accelerate beyond my capacity to feel what is before me.

It seems we run our lives like trains, speeding along track laid down by others, going so fast that what we pass blurs on by. Then we say we’ve been there, done that. ┬áTh truth is that blurring by something is not the same as experiencing it.

So, no matter how many wonderful opportunities come my way, no matter the importance placed on these things by others who have my best interests at heart, I must somehow find a way to slow down the train that is me until what I pass by is again seeable, touchable, feel-able. Otherwise, I will pass by everything – can put it all on my resume – but will have experienced and lived through nothing.


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