Yes, it may sound like a total contradiction, but let me explain….
Last year, a friend and I were travelling through the colourful, vibrant towns and villages of Rajasthan. On this particular day, our driver stopped for chai. Right in the middle, it seemed, of an intersection!
In India, it doesn’t really matter where one stops – it always seems to be in the middle of mayhem or in the middle of nowhere. In this experience, it was in the middle of life! No rhyme, reason or rules. We just stopped!
Whilst the chai was being commissioned we decided to stretch our legs. Normally one would scurry across the road to avoid being annihilated by any moving objected including auto rickshaws bearing anything from mattresses to an extended family, or trucks laden with elephants venturing off to a nearby festival.
But this time, we just ambled through the melee and I have survived to tell the story.
When you slow right down, calming observing and savouring all that that the senses have to offer, the wondrous beauty of our existence is revealed.
As we strolled, it was as though we were suspended in time. We merged with flowing hues of vermillion, saffron and turquoise illuminated with sparkling braids and sequins; a sun so bright that the sky was indeed ‘sky-blue’; bright white lungis offset by rich coffee-coloured skin; camels adorned with bells and flowers just plodding here and there; painted children; horses mounted by men in crimson turbans; saris of hot pinks and emerald greens; bobbles, bangles and bling galore; chai wallahs working the crowd; sleek black locks; camels sharing their bad breath; humans sharing breath imbued with cardamom; and subtle aromas of sandalwood mingling with it all.
It was simply surreal.
We were in the centre of a Hollywood, Bollywood, Mollywood set. We were the players; the stage was set, action was called and everything entered into this roundabout on queue. We were standing still and yet moving at the same time. We were part of a movie reel.
We felt as though we were moving in stillness and realized we were absolutely in the now.
To live this fully – one simply has to slow down, know stillness, witness the pauses between the breaths, observe with full attention, smile and enjoy! All answers are in stillness.
Whether you are moving in a state of stillness, or are still whilst life moves through you and around you, know that:
Beauty will unfold….Compassion will grow….Laughter will evolve……Connection will come….
Watch and discover…..
Too deep? Just have some chocolate…..that will sort things out…….