One of the most gorgeous poems I have ever heard is by Franz Kafka. It goes like this: You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
When was the last time you took a dip in your own private oasis? You know, that quiet place where you can go to recharge your batteries, get away from it all, hear yourself think, renew your energy.
Now, I’m not talking about your hot tub, or the neighborhood watering hole, or a glass of wine on the train ride home – albeit all wonderful and worthy things.
And I’m not talking about taking a spin around the social networking sites you belong to, or listening to your IPOD cranked up to the max or texting like a madman while driving (please stop!!).
And I’m not just talking about silence or being alone, although that’s a start. I’m talking about sidestepping the never-ending stimuli that makes up our day. Stepping out of the circle of chatter we all live in. Putting aside all the stuff that fills our brain from the moment we wake up in the morning until we drop off to sleep at night. Giving it all a rest.
Whether we create it or participate in it, we do decide how much to take in and how much to tune out. It’s our natural state to ebb and flow to and from the things that engage us or not – so that we don’t become overwhelmed. It’s so natural that we don’t even have to think about it. [READ MORE]