Is it better to ALWAYS be busy, keep the mind occupied, or slow down, quiet down, and create some empty space?
Or, is creating a balance – or just living a balance based on daily habits – the best option?
This is one of the main questions I’ve been grappling with lately. As part of my practice for a calm, centered mind, I’m attempting to slow down, not always be so busy. Each quiet moment with a monkey mind, plotting the next bit of busy-work I’ll do, or just plain being fidgety. Instead, some calm. Quiet. Some moments gazing out the window where I’m thinking about nothing much at all.
Here’s the rub: that quiet creates other thoughts, causes other ideas that grab my attention to arise. So is this a contradiction? By trying to be less busy, calm the “monkey mind,” am I simply creating more space into which new thoughts can crowd? Is it better just not to try or be so self-reflective about it, to just let the flow of daily life take you on like a ride atop a wave?
Is being unaware a better way to be, or is self-awareness (leading to a calm, relaxing sense of oblivion) the key?
We shall see, we shall see. 🙂