We live in an attention-driven economy, where time is currency. Somehow, we've come to believe that we are better people for being the multitaskers and busy bees we are.
As if it's a secret badge of honor to rattle off the seemingly endless list of to-do's we have.
As if sitting a moment to catch our breath. To ask "why." To wait. To say, "This isn't where I should be" makes us inadequate.
As Howard Thurman wrote, in How Good to Center Down!, Perhaps what we need, more than anything, is to center down.
"To sit quietly and see one's self pass by
The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic;
Our spirits resound with clashings, with noisy silences,
While something deep within hungers and thirsts for the still moment and the resting lull."
What are those practices that center you? That remind you most of what you love [and hate] in life? That allow you to be still so that you might hear that small voice inside you?
Amidst the chaos of life, may you find the stillness that structures your confusion and brings meaning to your life.