Maybe the hippies had it right—at least in theory that is. My Dentist friend in Steamboat Springs was being driven crazy when his appointments turned into no-shows. His Dental clients would drift in a few days later and my Dentist friend would inquire: “Did you forget about your Dentist’s appointment last week”? “No Doc —I simply spaced it out.”
The entire culture was spaced out. Time didn’t seem to have much value and neither did much else as the age of experimental drugs, free sex, sporting activities, and just hanging out came about. Everything revolved around “The ME Generation.”
Warp speed ahead as we fly through the information age at nano-speed. We are constantly being bombarded by every form of electronic gadgets and devices known to man. People are busy multi-tasking as an extension of their perceived selves. (A recent study concluded that the more you multi-task the lower your IQ .) A good question might be —What’s the point?
The best example I can think of is our minds are being Tommy-gunned— machine-gun style non-stop. I challenge you to listen to just one conversation without your monkey mind acting up and taken over the conversation or simply interjecting your thoughts.
Society may have it’s biggest challenge ever in order to make some sense of this madness.The first thing you can do is to slow down by concentrating 100 per cent on whatever task you are performing. This is the secret from Zen Buddhist traditions. Due one task and concentrate on it fully—-even if it is just setting the table for the evenings meal. One Buddhist monk I heard about delighted in his precision table setting abilities—he completely got involved with every detail and it must have been a wonderful thing to experience.
The next task seems extremely easy, but it is an ancient Buddhist technique of creating space between your thoughts— just like there is space between the clouds. I point this out because we are all a part of the same cosmos. If you were ever called a space-cadet or are currently called a space-cadet you can go to the head of the class. It’s a good thing to be a space-cadet.
As you perfect the space between your thoughts— you are becoming centered and aligned with the Universe. You can now use the spacing technique, which spins with the earth and not against it. The exact opposite is to be bombarded with monkey like chatter thoughts that can completely dominate your life.
It’s a great relief to realize that you can have an immediate impact on how your thoughts come to you and what you can do about it. First of all they are really not your thoughts anyway —they are a combination of past memories, recent data and the history of your perceived self.
This idea of space is everywhere. Atoms are made of space, genes are made of space, you are approximately 95% space and all of the galaxies plus cosmos are made of space. So If you could ask for just one thing from life it would be: How do I get more space between my thoughts? And once you have that figured out you can get a jump-start on the path of enlightenment.
The secret is out! Start spacing out thoughts as they bombard into your monkey mind. By continued daily practice you can control your own enlightenment path simply by adding space—what’s not to like? Now that’s what I call a space miracle. mind-mind—mind——mind——! Don’t you just love those spaces!
QUOTE: The wise find pleasure in water;
The virtuous find pleasure in hills.
The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil
The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long lived.
– Confucius (551-479) ——dailyzen.com
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: How much food will you eat in your lifetime? (If you are not a vegetarian—maybe after reading this you will want to become a vegetarian.)
It may seem difficult to believe but the average American adult eats 525 pounds of food each year of his life.
Taking a life span of 70 years, that person will eat:
14 head of cattle 2 calves
770 pounds of fish.
By now, you’re probably not too hungry!—–bigsiteofamazingfacts.com
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Space!
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Space it out!
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.
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