H.U.G Corner: Thought of the Week 7/3/2018
Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World
A significant challenge for any seminar presenter is the problem of follow-up or continuity: What is going to allow the participants to keep their new insights fresh and accessible? What would keep the information from fading into the fog of forgetting, which the passage of time seems to engender? It’s typical for participants to leave the seminar with the best intentions and enthusiasm, and just as typical for participants to lose them in a few weeks.
One response to this challenge is to base the seminar on the skill of having new eyes. If you leave with new eyes, the follow-up problem takes care of itself; everything you see from now on will be a new discovery.
You will have a new and different way of seeing something that you have been looking at all your life.
Something such as “doing nothing”: Today I am going to use new eyes with which to see “doing nothing.”
For today, please see time spent doing nothing, not with your old eyes, not as a waste of time, not as boring, not as unproductive and not as guilt-ridden laziness. Now, please see it with new eyes, as very fertile time, as urgently necessary and life-giving time, in which to wake up and remember who you are.
See it as the most important time in your life.
The problem of follow-up disappears when you have new eyes.
Today, bring new eyes, rather than new landscapes, to what you want to discover.
-Henry David Thoreau
-Barbara De Angelis