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Progress and Slow Movement
One of the most toxic ideas to grip the mind of human beings is perfection. We expect it, we crave it, we wish to see it in our lives and relationships, but reality and the idea of perfection are in a constant state of friction. Reality is ever-changing, it is transformation combined with unpredictability. Perfection is the opposite; it is an attempt to control and keep things within the boundaries of a certain mental image. Reality is a living river; perfection is a static painting. Reality is our only option; perfection is an attachment that turns reality into struggle.
Especially when it comes to our personal growth and the quality of our relationships, perfection has a sneaky way of warping our perception so that great things seem less than they really are, and small problems seem unnecessarily large. Those of us who wish to live a good life not only need to have the humility to question our perception, but we should periodically check-in with ourselves to see if perfection has created tension by taking the reigns of our mind.
Much of life’s harmony emerges when we let go. If we can take our goals and work toward them in a manner where we embrace progress instead of aiming for perfection, we will build a sturdy foundation for long-lasting change. We do not need to rush to be productive; practicing slow movement will not only decrease inner turmoil but can also make us more effective.
Slow movements are intentional, powerful, and intelligently considered. To boldly move at our own pace and remove ourselves from any self-imposed competition can be a profound paradigm shift. Setting aside rigid timelines, embracing organic development and maintaining focus on deliberate actions can make an immense difference in how much we achieve. In the equation for inner and outer success, speed is a small factor. We are better off concentrating on effort, commitment, goal-oriented behavior and long-term consistency. Remember, part of what makes mountains so mighty and enduring is that they are built slowly over a long span of time.
Where are you rushing and causing yourself tension? Where is this need to rush coming from? Beyond reminding yourself, how can you better embrace organic and slow growth?
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is one of my all-time favorites. I have read it multiple times and am always struck by the lyrical quality of Hesse’s writing. His ability to create such a powerful story that centers on the attainment of wisdom through a narrative that is minimalistic and accessible has been a deep source of inspiration for me as a writer. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to check it out.
New Video Project:
Next week I will be releasing a special video interview series that is essentially a follow up to my first book, Inward. This will be my offering for this year since I won’t be releasing my second book until next year. I got to dive deep into a lot of different topics, from my personal story, to relationships, creativity, meditation and much more. The videos are shaped the same way I do in-person events, except these will contain much more content. I’m excited to share this with everyone, I hope it serves you well.
Looking Into the New Year:
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