?> slow yourself down

Day 8

July 16, 2013

Yesterday night I was sitting in the harbor of Ayamonte with Val enjoying a nice bottle of Muscatel wine, when she asked me to read something our of my journal to her. I hesitated at first, but then I started flipping the pages until she said stop and I started to read the randomly selected page. It is weird how easily you can forget about the things you write down in that little book… This particular part I wrote at the end of our Camino in Finisterre about five months ago.

It has been a while since I have written in this little book. Like everything, writing is a proces, you evolve in time. One thing I have learned so far is that when you want to write you are best off in a place without too many distractions. Writing reflects your inner state as much as anything and it is important to be in the moment when you are writing as it is important to be while you are doing anything else in life. Slow yourself down and you’ll see so much more can easily be transferred to writing. Write slowly and consciously and your writing will become so much closer to your truth. I guess the saying can even be applied to many other aspects of life. Eat slow and you’ll taste so much more, look longer and you’ll see so much more. Listen carefully and you’ll hear so much more. Give with all your heart and you’ll get so much more. In the end it all points to the same thing; be more conscious and you’ll be so much more. It’s funny how I seem to find the same thread in most of the things I’ve read, learned and felt lately. The people who are truly good at something are the ones who are fully aware of what they are doing, fully present. No matter if it is a sportsman, an artist, an entrepreneur or a hacker, they can get into a flow state whenever they want or need to be. I see it in all the youtube videos where people are exploring the boundaries of what is physically possible. When they succeed in something they live in the moment, they are one with everything around them. So no matter what you want to achieve in your life, ultimately you can only accomplish it when you are fully present. The funny thing is that the flow state in your mind and body can be compared to spiritual experiences as well; whenever there is a moment in your life when you feel totally at peace, be it meditating, walking through nature or any other spiritual activity, you are fully aware of your surroundings and your own body. You are one with the universe. You are.

Sometimes it is nice to re-read the things you write.
I think I’ll do that more often from now on.