Monday, February 19, 2018


living Sober flowing with Stillness


Author: Sifu Matthew Carver

If I had an hour to solve a problem 
I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem 
and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.
— Albert Einstein

How Often Do We Flow With Stillness

This happens a lot. We do something messed up and waste a bunch of your time and everyone else's time. By the time we sober up, to what we so exquisitely shattered, we quickly start to repair the damage. Like a cat who fell off the sill, we scramble to our feet as quickly as possible and hastily strut away with some salvaged grace, almost as if no calamity had transpired at all. In such a hurry to save face, coupled with the feeling of "getting on with it already," we foolishly rush in where angels fear to tread.

There May Be a Flow to Things

And a way of tuning into the language of this flow. A way to ally yourself with the very current that propels us all forward and back and around again. It is so easy to finally identify the source of a discomfort and quickly fall into the trap of remedying it like chop, chop c'mon right now. But discomforts are a timid sort of prey. If you spring too fast on them, you'll spook them. Practicing stillness in the midst of change and confusion is a powerful tool. In no time, our discomforts will be eating from our hand and rolling in ecstasy at our feet. Not being in too much of a hurry, has its benefits. There is a reason "stop and smell the roses" is a cliche. it is because it is true. time and time again. We can be in such a hurry we brush past the sweet smells of bloom and then curse that too too busy world for its foulness.

Practice Listening, Letting Go, Humility and Awareness

This week's theme is about taking that sacred, quiet moment and keeping it for yourself. A small moment to just take it all in in one big gulp. If that sentence didn't make sense, read it slower, especially between the two "ins". Flowing with life infers letting go of the wheel for a little bit. Trusting in the celestial pacing of things.

Identify Moments

Try to identify moments in your life where "by rushing in" to get involved. Even with the most angelic of intentions, led to an uniquely worse set of circumstances, all thanks to you. Think back in life to the moments when one more play on the bench may have been the better bet. Instead trying "to be" this week lets try "not to be". Try not to be in a hurry to fix things. Practice listening, letting go, humility and awareness this week.

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