London, as all major cities, is all about rush.
People’s faces are tense with worry and thoughts about the future; everyone is rushing, struggling and stressing over things that are not really that important.
I love the way Alanis Morrissete describes this disease in her ‘Thank You’ song. She calls it chasing ‘transparent dangling carrots’.
When people rush, they become less compassionate, more selfish and ignorant.
I also agree with the quote on a colorful poster I saw in a hotel in India:
No man who rushes can be called civilized.
Reasons and consequences of rushing
I understand rushing to help someone, if someone had an accident. Yet most people rush and hurt others for something that’s not even good for themselves, like power (the worst thing for an undeveloped mind) or fame (which is equally as bad for a young mind).
People are rushing to live, because they think that by rushing they will get to the good things quicker. The question is, “What good things?” and “Do you really get those things quicker by rushing?”
Usually people spend a lot of time chasing money. I have to tell you that if you chase money, it will escape you. You attract it by providing value for others.
Some people rush to have more free time. You should know that once the habit of rushing is there, it will take over all your life. So, you will find yourself rushing during your free time also.
Some people waste the little free time they have on planning every single thing they will do on their holiday, and then ticking off the boxes once they’re accomplished. Yes, the notebook is full of ticked off boxes, but what your soul got out of it?
Crazy shopping, stressing over holiday planning details, and then visiting as many touristy places as humanly possible over one week abroad, hardly makes the spirit sing. You end up feeling disappointed, because you missed a little bit more of life.
Rushing keeps you trapped in time
Rushing keeps your mind focused on the future, and so you can’t enjoy the now. Intuition can’t reach you through time, since it operates in the timeless. Rushing, because it’s in time, can only give you access to the mortal ego, which produces the feeling of separation, emptiness and misery.
As rushing keeps you trapped in time, you’re only in touch with things that perish. Rushing, thus, brings you closer to death. That’s why those who rush are anxious. At the back of their minds there’s always the unpleasant feeling of life being temporary.
The quickest way to happiness
Rushing never gets you quicker to the good things in life. Everything that’s good comes when you deserve it. It’s easier to start enjoying life when you completely slow down, listen to your own Self, do your duties to the best of your ability, and treat others the way you want to be treated.
The fastest way to get to the good things, therefore, is what seems to be the slowest way at first. You get life’s rewards when you forget about any future rewards, work and spend your free time in complete awareness (living in the now), take time to accomplish things as perfectly as you can, and provide value for others.
Benefits of slowing down
Those who often stop to look around, breathe in the fresh air and feel the now, find themselves filled with life. They avoid rushing, since that stresses them out and removes their crystal-clear perception of reality, which is there because of their connection to Self.
This connection with the sacred place within allows them to access inner wisdom. As they don’t rush and are very much connected to the now, they register the impulses from the cosmic intelligence that comes in the form of creative ideas. They act on such thoughts of perfection, and get abundantly rewarded as a result.
The last days of such people, according to many spiritual texts of illuminated authors (including my recently reviewed book), are the brightest and happiest ones, because they leave this limited body to experience blissful expansion. Yet the last days of those who rushed through life are filled with fright and thoughts of it really being the end.
When the last days of stressed-out and rushing people are near, they regret many of their actions, but know that nothing can be done about it now. They’re sometimes angry at life for treating them unfairly; yet they themselves misused a perfect opportunity to live and to connect with all that is.
What’s to blame is choosing to follow fear-based messages of loud ignorant crowds instead of listening to the inner voice which says ‘slow down’ and ‘be in the now’.
Everyone can wake up, but the habit of rushing makes it almost impossible, because you find illumination not at the end of the road, but it reveals itself along the way, if you pay attention to the road.
Relax, be aware at all times, and listen to your Self. This way of living is the only way to honor and infuse with meaning the precious and unique Life given to us.
Lastly, here’s the Alanis Morrissete video of her song “Thank you”. Listen to it with your heart, being totally present, and it might stop you from rushing and awaken more life within: