Our lives are confusing, chaotic and crazy. You go to school, rush down to eat to skip the queue and then run back upstairs panting because you almost missed the bell.
Come CCA and hten you rush home at 6 and tired, dreary and sleepy at midnight because you just finished your mountain pile of homework with great procrastination .You drag yourself out of your bed in the morning, dozing off in class. And the cycle continues. When was the last time you did nothing, absolutely nothing? Our frantic pace of life, the lack of leisure time, the constant bombardment with media and technology is making us all breathless. We are trapped in a race against time, clasped onto a culture of productivity and an emphasis on efficiency.
Because of this, we are crushed under the weight of our worries. We have so many muddled thoughts, we are exhaustedWe are helpless, unable to even control our own emotions and thoughts/ Extreme stresses at exams, societal expectation. To obtain control, we go faster, a push for productivity, but at an emotional expense. The culture of efficiency and productivity is endemic. We have one of the longest working weeks in the world. Our educaiton system is oten criticised as one of the most stressful and harsh systems.
It comes as no surprise that there is an alarming increase in disorders related to stress, children, students like us adults grappling with anxiety, depression, obesity. We try harder to go faster and faster, to be more productive. We maximise our leisure time, by filling it up with activities.Seeing sleepy students, Words like “Stress” “Brain-fried” “Sleeping past midnight” dominate our conversations. Our stresses are culminative.
We come anxious over something, and soon, we became anxious about being anxious and there are so many more things to be anxious about. There seems to be some stigma surrounding rest, taking breaks and being aimless, so much so that the value and effects ofAll of this “productivity” at the expense of our emotional and metnal well-beingThe solution is simple: quiet introspection. You might wonder is it a paradox then, for me to say that there is efficiency in keeping still? Produtive when you are sitting still? Having direction when you go nowhere?We deny our need for the most crucial: stillness, silence and soltitude. A space for quiet introspection and meditation. Remove all over-stimulators, like your mobile phones and your work and quietly, without any form of distraction, sit down and focus. In the space of silence, you can re-establish your lost connection to yourselves. You allow yourselves to examine and observe your own mental and emotional processes.
There is just too many thouhgts, feelings ideas going on in our head and we cant hear them. All we hear is a muffled overlapping of voices. Simple, our midn is like a glass of water and our thoguhts are swriling in the galss. If the glass is not shaken, a suspension mixture will settle if its not being bothered. Dirt and water can separate clearly into two distincit layer. Without disturbanceConsider all sides, to put things into perpective, to understand our own selves without the distraction of other things around you. When you seem to be aimlessly just let anything that moves you rise up in your mind, let you still over it, mull over it, you get to know it better, you master it, you control it and you understand it Enabling emotional freedom: connecting experiences, empowered alignment with purpose, mastering of emotionsWhat you can hone and develop only through stillness is your concentration, your intutiion, your understanding of yourself, regulation of your emotion.
BEcause of this, your abiltiy to make positive decisions and your mood and outlook on life turn for the better. This only can take place in the space of silence. Quiet introspection can take up onyl a few minutes, but the impacts on your life is huge.
If this becomes a habit, youWhat Focus on your present thought, shutting out the rest, familirixing yourself with it, getting to know it.