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Jan 07

Anyone Can Change

If you’ve ever looked at your domestic animals, you’ll probably notice that they are resting much of the time, yet they are very alert. The resting state is where they go when there is nothing to do. Yet with the right stimulus, they are up and active within seconds. For us humans, it can be the same thing but rarely is. Our normal state is with language and cognition active, driving our physical being, until we sleep or sit in front of the television. We don’t actually fully rest until we lose consciousness (sleep). Therein lies many of the problems that humanity faces.

As an alternate way of living, consider that if thinking and language was not as dominant as it is, we could remain in still, restful silence until there was a actual need to be active. We have been living on the wrong side of the fence, so to speak, in that we are constantly using thought to participate in life. If a grown animal was always active and in play, it would be exhausted before long. It is perfectly natural to rest the mind and body when there are no pressing activities. But when everything has some degree of urgency attached to it, we are always pursuing something. Can we be more like the cat or dog, and find time to fully rest in between activity? This is part of the great shift in awareness that takes us to the spiritual side of life.

There has to be an intention to opt-out of the standard way of living in order for change to begin. Intention is the motive force for change to occur. By resting when there is no need to be active, we short-circuit the process whereby we “need” to be constantly busy. When that happens we start to slow down and begin to notice the details of life that were obscured by an overactive mind.

1 comment

  1. beth

    I learn a lot by watching the simplicity of being of my dog.

    I agree that one has to make the intention to change the mind from being constantly in chatter mode. I consider meditation to be a sort of “training” session, where I deliberately turn away from mental noise. I’m hoping that new neural pathways are established during meditation – and it does seem to be that meditation makes it easier to be quiet and restful.

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