Standing Still

December 12, 2014 2 comments Uncategorised

I was in the High Street of my home town today and
bumped into an old buddy from my rugby playing days. We occasionally meet up
this seemingly random way – where the paths of my going from A to B in my life
and his going from A to B in his life cross.
Nothing unusual in that, you might think and say,
and you’d be right – even though we rarely meet at the rugby club and yet, more
often than not, we meet in the High Street.
So what sparked off something particularly notable
this time round?
Have you
noticed, Pete,
” he said, “that when
you stop walking for a while you meet and say hello to a lot more people you
know than you would have done had you kept walking. In the act of my stopping
to talk to you I’ve seen a load more people I know than I would have usually
done here on the High Street.
On any given day, the street corners stand four
square and witness many, many people who know each other passing by WITHOUT
knowing the others have or will be there. The pivotal element, that only the
static nature of the street corner owns, is that it is always present for itself and for us all.

Out – Time In
There’s a message here about how life unfolds and
how we can, by slowing down or occasionally stopping, be far more engaged with
what’s happening around us. In other words, we become – for a short period of
time – like the street corner.
Of course, this only happens when we take the
opportunity to calibrate our perceptual filters beyond our own “four walls” – what
might be termed as our “walls of thought.” However, the mere act of slowing,
and especially stopping, our physical AND mental motion, seems to open up for
us the subculture of another world entirely.
To put it another way, we have literally no idea how
is going on outside of our perception except to say that it is an
infinite amount. And thus it is, without doubt, a certainty that beyond the
narrow bandwidth of “our world” is a world of infinite possibilities that we
would happily describe as an alternative
To be fair, we are talking more about a whole range
of alternative universes here, which is somewhat mind-boggling in its
magnitude. And what is it that holds this entire cosmic edifice together?

Now there are many perspectives on Time – and how
ever many of these perspectives and meanings we hold in our lives, goes to make
up our Understanding of the Language of Time. This then gives us our Sense
of Time
The particular perspective of Time I encountered
today with my old sporting buddy was relative
Time. Not just the micro-detail of his unfolding life through time relative to
mine, but also the bigger detail of the whole consequence of that unfolding
and its relationship with pausing with stillness, being in motion and synchronising

And, as I reminded him, he never got to know so many people in the first place
by just standing still!

I was churning over some persistent and familiar
thoughts today and bumped into an old chestnut that keeps coming back to haunt
me. Mr
and I occasionally meet up this seemingly random way – where
the pathways of my life become littered with incursions of energy that seem to come
from somewhere out there yet look
convincingly like they were my property all along.
Nothing unusual in that, you might say, and you
probably feel that that was right. After all, our thoughts are always with us
and they must be ours because they’re right there, in our Minds. We can’t avoid
them or tell them to go away since they can be very, very persistent.
So what noteworthy piece of inner dialogue got sparked
off this time round?
Have you
noticed, Pete,
” I said, “that if you pause
your thinking for a while you encounter a lot less of what you know than you
would have done had you kept thinking. In the act of my stopping to talk to you
I’ve seen a load more of what I don’t know than I would have usually done.
In any given conscious moment, the thoroughfares and
street corners of our Minds witness many, many thoughts just flowing by, yet if
we are looking for what we know and are familiar with then we’ll filter out all
the others, and only say hello to those
we already know . The pivotal element, that can either imprison or liberate us,
is that the power of thought is always present
– and that no part of that stream is ours until we make it so.

rain wet?
Not until it comes into contact with something – rain then makes that thing,
whatever it is, wet. Rain, of itself, is never wet – it is merely rain.”

Pausing and standing still, for a period of time, is
vitally important in our lives. We take stock of what is going on, we notice
more about our surroundings, we recharge our batteries, we replenish and give
ourselves “ME” time. Standing still enables reflection and renewal within us,
both physically and mentally. It recalibrates our senses, and sharpens our
perceptions – and it shows us perspectives that we lose when we are in constant
motion, or that we never have when are in no motion at all.

So, to broaden our understanding of how we can
enrich our lives we need both to get out more, and to regularly pause and stand