What Rinpoche described reminded me of what author Milan Kundera philosophized about in his book “Slowness,” a slender volume I ironically sped through in a night. Kundera explained how we live in a highly sped-up culture, and that our need for speed promotes our forgetting. If you want to forget something, you will speed walk. If you want to remember something, you’ll slow down your steps. Kundera warned that speeding up your life keeps you from remembering daily details like “Oops! Forgot to pick up more soy milk,” and keeps you forgetful about life values and how to live your most enjoyable, passion-filled life.
The next time you find yourself racing quickly down the street, know that you’re not only running to your next appointment, you are also literally running from contact with your truest feelings, needs and insights.
There are some smart inventors trying to create more fancy-shmancy devices to save you more time. But we don’t need any more “time-saving” devices that quickly morph into schedule-, mind- and feeling-clogging devices. Instead we need more “time-savoring devices,” which help us to slow down, sit still and become more mindful of who we are and what we value for a fulfilling, happy life.