How To Die Faster

by Mark Ivar Myhre on March 3, 2008

(Or, how to end franticness. Your choice.)

Maybe you’ve heard of the new movement taking place. It’s called the Slow Movement and it aims to help people reconnect with their basic needs.

The Slow Movement was born out of a protest against McDonalds opening a new restaurant at the Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

I guess to some people that was the last straw. Something had to be done to remind people the only thing a fast life does is put you into a grave quicker.

I’ve been as guilty as anyone of frantically racing through the day, so I understand the allure towards franticness.

And I know a wonderful technique to end franticness.

The basic problem with ‘fast living’ is that it takes you out of the present moment.

When you’re not in the present moment, you’re giving away your power and you’re not being responsible. Which leads to all sorts of unpleasant results.

But hey, if you slow down, you’ll get run over, right? Or everybody else will get ahead of you; pass you by. You’ll be left behind if you don’t hurry.

These were my unspoken, unrecognized assumptions about life.

Plus, you can’t slow down. There’s too much to do. Or so it seems.

I’d say the real issue is we have so many more options available to us. So many more distractions.

The real issue is – what are you going to choose to do with your time?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing we have no choice; because circumstances determine what we can and cannot do.

When I believe an outside authority (or, usually, MANY outside authorities) determine MY life – I’ve already lost. Even time can be an ‘outside authority’.

Must keep up must keep up must keep up…

Must hurry…

I don’t have time…

We’ve all become slaves of time. The clock rules our lives. We’re a victim of time.

And a victim of all the other outside authorities in our lives.

I think it’s a great idea to slow down… IF it’s done in the right way.

If you live a fast-paced life – and you all of a sudden slow it down – that will produce anxiety.

Besides, it’s not a physical slowdown you’re really after. What you’re really after is peace of mind.

And peace of mind has nothing to do with physical activity.

You can physically rush through life and still have peace of mind. And being slow – by itself – does nothing whatsoever to help calm you down.

The physical world is just illusion, right?

It’s a reflection of the ‘more-real’. What’s more real is your own resonance. You can hold a resonance of calmness no matter how busy and hurried your life appears.

First step: Get rid of the franticness.

Here’s how:

Get alone for a few minutes.

Calm yourself as much as possible.

Take a few deep breaths.

Relax your body.

Count from 5 to 1, as a way to enter a slightly altered state of consciousness; a meditative state.

At the count of 1, find yourself in the middle of a rushing, raging river. Feel yourself – helpless against a swift, frantic, uncaring current of water. Hear a waterfall up ahead. Know that if you don’t do something – fast! – you’re going to plunge over the waterfall and into some catastrophe.

Feel the helpless franticness. Be consumed by it.

And then simply stand up!

And realize the water was only a few inches deep to begin with.

Now see the water rushing over your feet, which are firmly planted on the solid rock bottom of the river.

See what you thought was a waterfall – in reality – was only a rock in the middle of the river that the water was rushing past. There is no waterfall. You were never in any danger.

And the water is only a few inches deep!

Now walk over to the shore and sit and laugh at how silly you must have looked lying down in the middle of the river in six inches of water.

Now continue to sit and ponder about how you got so off-track, so off-balance, so off-center.

See your hectic, frantic life reflected in the raging shallow waters.

When you’re ready, count from 5 to 1 to return to your life. With a new perspective and a renewed vigor.

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