There is such urgency in the multitude of crises we face, it can make it hard to remember that in fact it is urgency thinking (urgent constant unsustainable growth) that got us to this point, and that our potential success lies in doing deep, slow, intentional work.
I believe also that our lack of resting has stolen our imagination and our ability to be inventive and subversive and to imagine and to have hope. And to me, that’s true oppression. To me, once you have taken away a person’s ability to see their way out of a situation, to see a new way, to imagine a new world, to see something different, to invent, you pretty much have them. And I think we’re at that right now.
The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.
“I want everything quiet and simple. For me: walking barefoot, sitting still, reading, listening to stories and now and then telling some myself. Eating fruit, drinking milk, longing to create, but with patience and many insights.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to Lou Salomé witten c. March 1904
I remember, growing up in Scotland, we learned about crop rotation, and how important the fallow time was for the fields-- in a year of not being planted, the soil regenerated, to make it ready to grow vegetables again. Now, instead of letting fields grow fallow, we pump them full of chemical fertilizers and nutrients so that they're ready to go again. We try and force more out of the earth in the exact same way as we try and force more out of ourselves.
"take a deep breath, then exhale slowly and fully. Now pause. Focus on that empty space, where there is nothing in your lungs. This is the moment of the spirit, of complete stillness in the body. Each time you breathe, pay close attention to what you feel in the silence."
The ego says, “You must be concerned with everything.” The higher self says, “If you surrender, serve, go with the flow, have an overriding spiritual objective, and know that you are here for a purpose, there will not be time for what offends you.”
“I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness.”
― Rebecca Solnit
"Rest connects us and allows us to slow down to receive really important ideas. What grind culture does to us is steal away our connection, our ability to hope and dream, and to see that we have the power to invent and create. What does a world look like with less police, where everyone can eat, where we are committed to freedom for all? We can’t get there thinking and working within an exhausted, sleep-deprived state. I’m really hoping people see this time as a place to start imagining what could be and what is possible."