It takes some time and persistence, but the benefits of a calm brain are numerous and essential. Look for times where you can practice these techniques – they occur in surprising places.
The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it is designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it.
How can something so simple, be so difficult for us to do? Clearing our minds of clutter should not be that hard; we are not lifting anything physically, not running a marathon, not climbing a mountain. Yet the mountain in our minds can seem twice the size of Everest, and extremely hard to confront.
To some people chainsawing and therapy may seem to be worlds apart. In the spirit of the slow movement, chainsawing for me is simply a focused exercise, a means to an end and a promise of things to come.
Danish furniture has come to symbolise the almost lost world of fine craftsmanship, where making a chair completely by hand is not out of the question, but considered something to aspire to.
Got to sneak away last weekend for some camping, two hours north of Melbourne, to an abandoned ‘ghost’ gold mining town called ‘Whroo’ and the best bit was there was no internet available!
Japan is a country not usually thought of as devoted to the notion of ‘Slow’. But in fact it is an intrinsic part of life, an internal concept applied to the everyday, contemplative meditation found by watching trees, flowers, hiking, even walking the streets.
“Then the shadows moved sideways, shifting the sunshine inch by inch from the terrace, and the lizards disappeared, and the valley deepened and darkened back into color and the hills cooled and hardened into scarred contours of ocher and crimson, and it was evening – another day which Chamberlain and I had wasted.”
Hunting around among the small things for something interesting is a great way of switching off from the everyday. The gentle focus required to find these treasures is a wonderful antidote to the often mentally tiring demands of modern life, not to mention a great way of learning about your local flora and fauna.