In a world crammed with information we are ironically compelled toward action and against thinking. Just to keep up with all the information we act without thinking.
Somehow we feel deceptively safe when we achieve all our deadlines, both those that are imposed on us and those we impose on ourselves. In this age of relative freedom there are a great deal more self-imposed deadlines.
Somehow we get stuck by our freedom.
Somehow we begin making decisions without thinking. And if we don’t think, we have no chance of triggering thought for feeling. How do we feel about this?
Feeling is the greatest denominator for our state of existence.
Why on earth do we do the things we do? Is there a purpose, and is that purpose worthwhile? Are we compelled by purpose or are we just going through the motions?
The more time we take to adequately think, and therefore genuinely feel, the more meaning we can derive from the things we do and choose not to do. The things we do are, as a matter of introspection, checked for validity. None of us want to waste our lives, surely.
Less Is Abundantly More
In a world throbbing with stuff, pretty stuff with frills and many attractive intonations, we still trust too much. We spend endless portions of time in front of computers, locked into our smart phones, collecting apps, followers, and information we may never use.
We have become hoarders against the sense of genuine need.
We are far better off rejecting ninety-eight percent of the thoughts that come into our minds about accumulation. We would be far better served to spend the time with which we rummage through the world, rummaging through our thoughts and feelings. Only when we have done that can we know what we truly need and, therefore, want.
The skill of the new-age is critical discernment. That is, having the poise and self-discipline to say ‘no’ to most of the things that are simply there to distract us.
Remaining Free Is Conserving Our Limited Consciousness
Thinking and feeling are precious. They are finite resources. When we spend our thinking and feeling on unimportant things, the important things get neglected.
If we wish to reclaim our spiritual freedom, becoming and staying more in touch with our emotional selves, and enjoying better portions of thinking capacity, we best learn to conserve our limited consciousness.
The more we learn to reject much of the world, as far as its stimuli is concerned, the more control we have over our thinking and feeling; to deploy these at the right times, in the right ways, within the important things of our lives.
Our world encourages us to do more but think and feel less. The spiritual life reverses this. We enjoy more peace, grace, and inner joy when we do less and think and feel more.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.