‘ “I live in the third cloudiest city in the world,” the young man said to his travel companions, sparking a lengthy discussion. …It would have been an innocuous conversation in, say, a New York apartment on a gloomy day. But we were all in the middle of a glorious African sunset and nobody seemed to be looking.
The conversation lingered while the new moon and the Milky Way, the scents of potato bush and woodsmoke and earth went unremarked. A hyena may have laughed at the absurdity of it all!
I wanted to take them by the shoulders and shake them all into the moment and shout, “Look at what you’re missing!”
How often do we stand before what should be mind-stopping beauty, and instead of being silenced by the awesomeness of the present moment, continue with trivial conversation to our companions. Our minds have become incessant chatterers governed by the ego’s need to be noticed, to be taken seriously or simply to fill the unaccustomed silence.
Watch how the ego strives to stand out through personality, opinions and countless other devices; the true self is content simply to be. (Chapt 6 : The Ego)
‘The ego knows nothing of Being but believes you will eventually be saved by doing’
We rush around busily doing this and that, filling every moment with frantic activity. Why? At the end of so many years we will die; all of us. So why get caught up on the hamster wheel of constant activity when simply coming to our senses, literally, in this moment, brings a period of peace; of non-doing. An opportunity to truly experience all the beauty that is laid out before us.
Why this desperate need to travel to other countries? There’s nothing wrong with travel or wanderlust, but if I spend my time in a foreign country nattering away to other travellers, or in my head, when I can just stand in silent awe and take it all in, will I arrive home with an indefinable sense of being cheated? I missed it all. Then I must quickly start planning the next trip….
Be kind and gentle with yourself always.
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