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April 21, 2018

Do one thing. ~ Waylon Lewis

How to use your Speediness & Stress as a way to Relax.

Do one thing at a

time, and time will slow. And we

are a child, again.

My parents’ Buddhist teacher used to say that you could see how children in classes were doing in the transitions between classes. During class they could pretend to be aware or awake, but could be off in California or Mordor, in their minds. It was in the transitions that one could see if their energy was relaxed, or joyful or crazy and speedy.

He said you could see if a teacher at a lecture was present or speedy/afraid by whether or not they took the time to reach, pick up, sip, swallow, set down, and speak, or if they just grabbed, sipped, started speaking as they set it down.

We’re all speedy. When we find ourselves being speedy, we can remember our mindfulness: relax. Stop fidgeting. Not out of uptightness, but out of maitri. When we find ourselves eating and watching TV, we can just turn it off and reallllly enjoy our food, a la Michael Pollan’s advice.

When we remember that our speediness, our busyness, is fundamentally a fear of space, a fear of our own hearts, a fear of this present moment…then we can use our speediness, whenever we notice it manifesting in any way over the course of our day, as an opportunity to come back to the present moment, gently, with maitri.

It’s like the fly in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.