Last spring I met a man on a ship who, when we were discussing parenting, said, “If I could give my children two things, it would be to teach them meditation and speedreading. That way they could never sleep and learn everything.”
I’ve thought about it a lot. I am a seeker of knowledge. At one time this winter I was listening to Coursera lectures on Modern Mysticism in Europe, Morality in Everyday Life , Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and the beginning of a class on Soul Beliefs. At the same time, I was trying to catch up on some old Psychology lectures from the fall.
I get what I have done to myself. I have changed my daily walks from a time of contemplation to minutes and hours filled with distraction…albeit good information. What I notice is that after years of walking without earbuds, I am a bit thrown off if I don’t have anything that entertains me. My already busy mind has taken on new dimensions.
I realize that it is my personality* to want to do it all. It is difficult for me to make priority decisions because everything is captivating. I hate missing out. F.O.M.S. (Fear of Missing Something) is my middle name.
At this time in my life my best learning is probably not from college professors. And I may not need that stack of books by my bed. What I need is to practice what I have already learned. I need to practice love, thoughtfulness, tolerance, compassion, empathy,
What I need is stillness. Perhaps if I learned that well, I could share it with my children.
*Couple a Gemini with an Enneagram 7 and you have a peripatetic ball of activity.