It is easy to get all caught up in life's busyness. There is always so much to do. We have bills to pay, appointments to keep, people to get back to. Our email, phone messages, texts never stop demanding our attention. All these wonderful ways of staying in touch and scheduling our time can make our lives feel full but also unmanageable. The information age is a wonderful time to be alive. We can find out anything, almost any where, at any time. The down side is that we have forgotten how to "drop out" and just be still. Just because we can find something out in 30 seconds doesn't mean we need to.
Sometimes we need to allow our minds to ponder a thought before we act on it. Sometimes we just need to putter mentally. When was the last time you wandered around exploring a place or an idea without any real purpose? Remember the phrase, "I'll just mull that over"? No rush, no pressure. That is what we have lost, the leisure to mull, ponder, putter.
We have to give ourselves permission to stop, drop and mull. Hard to do when the vibrate mode goes off on our phone. It is hard to do when we feel the pressure of all the demands in our lives. However, in order to stay healthy we have to remind ourselves that staying in the fast lane is a choice. It may feel like the entire reality but it isn't. We can always choose to leave the phone in the car. Or better yet just turn it off.
When we recognize that life has swept us along and we feel like a dog sliding across a hard wood floor we can stop, look up and remind ourselves of open space. We can position our minds on the edge of our thoughts and let go, drop the story line and allow ourselves to fall back into open space. Open space is always there like the air we breath or gravity. It is always a place to go. It is like falling into a lake or back onto a soft bed. Open space will catch us and break our fall. All we have to do is remind ourselves that the speed is a choice. We can remind ourselves to just "mull" that thought over before we take action. Maybe we can let our mind putter for an afternoon without forcing it to focus on an agenda. If we do this we never know what we might find in open space. That is the beauty of it.