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Monday, November 30, 2015

Why hurry towards an appointment with death?

Don't rush through Life. Go easy. Go soulfully.

It is another Monday morning. Perhaps a Manic Monday? Meetings. Deadlines. Delays. Mayhem! To not hurry through Life is a skill. It can be learned just as any other. Just look at ourselves. From the time we wake up, to the time we sleep, we are rushed. The way we read our morning papers, the way we bathe, the way we eat, the way we drive, the way we walk, all of it is gripped by a sense of busy-ness that ultimately will lead us to the same point that everyone will arrive at: death!

Why will you want to hurry towards an appointment with death? Well, that's what we are doing precisely!!

Ask anyone who's rushing why he or she is in a hurry and you will hear them say: "Well, I am saving time!" Saving time? The irony is, at the end of the day, everyone who's rushing always complains that there isn't enough time! Your rushing may help you cover the distance faster but will not enable you to enjoy the scenery. At the end of all the rush, when it is time to depart, you will regret never having lived, never having arrived where you intended to, never having smelled the roses in Life's garden!

Make 10 simple changes to your routine so that you can live and enjoy this experience of living: 

1.Reduce the number of meetings that you have to have in a day: one big or two small ones is all you can take
2. Arrive at the airport with 2 hours to spare before a flight
3. Eat you meals slower than you normally do relishing each morsel
4. Spend 15 additional minutes with your family each day; when you kiss your spouse and children goodbye, look at them just a wee bit longer. 
5. Take an additional few minutes in the bath thinking not of the day's schedules but of how rejuvenating bathing is
6. Read one inspiring passage over 30 minutes daily
7. Read it at least once more before you retire for the day
8. When you see Nature in full bloom__a sunrise, sunset or trees swaying in the breeze or birds chirping__pause, admire, soak in, before you proceed
9. Spend 15 minutes daily on Facebook connecting or chatting with childhood friends
10. Be silent for 20 minutes daily.

Spiritual thinker and my Guru Eknath Easwaran says, "Where hurry prevails, there can be no satisfaction for the doer." So, if you are not happy with the quality of your Life, you now know who is responsible and where to start!

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