There's nothing like sitting inside, quietly reflecting, as the world slows down on this cold winter day.
Most might say that the opposite of fear is courage. But I don't think so. I think that the opposite of fear is acceptance.I'm talking about the kind of fear you and I experience when we think of an uncertain future, worrying about what might happen, feeling anxiety about what could happen that hasn't happened yet.
In Western Society, we have learned to value knowledge over wisdom, information over knowledge, and data over information. We are getting further and further away from the source of our inner knowing, by relying on elements outside ourselves, rather than on ourselves. This eventually will lead us to experience a crises, as we drift further and further away from our true nature.
Do you want to hold on to habitual thoughts that are keeping your life small, or that make you unhappy, and too insecure or scared to try something new? Or would you rather be energized and fulfilled? Would you rather enhance your life? Would you rather be a role model for a new and better way to live for people who are still stuck in their excuses?
An elementary school replaced detention with meditation. They say the results are stunning. Instead of detention, they have a Mindful Moment Room, a brightly colored “oasis of calm” that looks about as far as you can get from the windowless detention rooms typically used to punish unruly kids. It’s part of an after-school program called Holistic Me, an initiative that teaches children to practice mindful meditation and breathing exercises while encouraging them to talk to behavioral professionals. The program works in partnership with a local non-profit called the Holistic Life Foundation, and the results so far have been pretty impressive. In fact, since first taking part in the program two years ago, Robert W. Coleman hasn’t issued a single suspension.
The symbolism and reality of time passing has been on my mind lately. When I was working full-time at an office, I experienced time as fleeting. It was a shame, I thought, that I wasted so much of it doing things that weren’t satisfying to me. I imagined that if I had more time for myself, for doing things that I loved, I would be more in the moment. Time would slow down and I wouldn’t feel as if I were in such a rush to get to the next thing.