Slowing down to savor life
By: Marjory Mejia
Lotus Flower by Bahman Farzad
We rush and escape the gift of the moment.
What is the rush? What are we running away from? What are we rushing towards?
Faster has been mistakenly translated into better. We eat faster. We builder faster. We fall in and out of love faster. And we destroy faster. Our awareness diminishes at fast speed. We rush and become numb.
We forget that there are times to advance and times to retreat. In our often delirious attempt to maximize our consumption of life, we max out, dry up, shrivel. This behavior is symptomatic of a certain energy in our fast paced culture that is simply out of balance. In search of progress, we manufacture a rhythm that is not inviting and organic but controlled, contrived, contorted and ultimately unsustainable.
Save the pushing for the ripe moment of transition. A female body knows when to push the baby out of the womb. Pushing before the end of gestation would be absurd, a waste of energy and time and the possible death of new life. This relentless rushing and pushing is out of tune with the process of life. Trying to make a fruit ripen before its time goes against nature. Yes, you could use an artificial ‘what not’ and speed up the natural process. But, your fruit won’t be luscious, juicy, and delicious. It won’t nourish your soul or make the earth proud.
When you eat fruit, you are eating the whole of creation. You can taste earth, sky, sun, water and love. A fruit doesn’t rush to ripen. It takes its own sweet time to give its best self, in the name of pleasure, enjoyment, beauty, truth, love and the continuity of life. I grew up eating figs from my secret wild garden in Lima, Peru. I had to wait until they were soft and tender or they would be bitter and sour. I would pluck them from the tree and eat them right under the sun. Utterly earthy and heavenly.
Slowing down allows us to savor moments, collect out thoughts, digest our experiences, connect with the spaces and places where we live. Slowing down unravels a state of mindfulness, awareness, presence. The numbness in our hearts melts away in a river of flow. We are able to find our own rhythm and begin to unfurl and ripen in our own sweet time. Slowing down opens our hearts to experience life sacred:
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me.” ~ Hermann Hesse