"If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with."
-Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
THE ART OF GOING NOWHERE
I feel like the first half of this year has passed at the speed of light. I am always moving - constant travelling, running an office, project meetings and life commitments leve me exhausted by Friday. The average adult makes 35,000 decisions in a day compared to the 3,000 of an average child. We suffer from Decision Fatigue.
I had the opportuntiy to attend a presentation by Pico Iyer who has mastered the art if going nowhere. His philosophy is that if we make the effort to carve out a few minutes of each day to be still we will be better with the time we put toward other things. If we commit to periodic stillness focused travel staying still in a single place of retreat we are able to better focus and make better decisions. In his latest book The Art of Stillness, Iyer takes a look at people who have dedicated themselves to a lifetime practice of going nowhere.
In an age where we are constantly connected and information is flying around, we all find it hard to gather a moment for ourselves but that’s what we need more than anything. "At some point, all the horizontal trips in the world stop compensating for the need to go deep, into somewhere challenging and unexpected; movement makes the most sense when grounded in stillness. In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still" says Iyer. One example he gives is airplane travel. Instead of using the time to catch up on work or emails or watching a movie, try just sitting and being still. Get lost in the clouds and allow yourself time to think and process and go on a journey without interruption.
This summer I plan to work on going nowhere myself. After reading the book, I realized that I am making way too many decisions before I even arrive at the office by flipping through the radio stations on my drive in. Each day I am now driving to and from work in silence. This little thing has made a huge impact on my day and my awareness. Now I need to tackle a bigger trip to nowhere….. For more information on Pico Iyer and the Art of Stillness CLICK HERE. You can read more from Pico Iyer at http://picoiyerjourneys.com