The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness

Run run run as fast as you can, you won’t catch peace ’cause you’re moving too fast!


When, if ever, will it be the time which one has been waiting for? Today, you buy some food to serve as a placeholder until you can buy the type of food that you know that you should be eating. “This will do for now; I gotta run. No time.” Tomorrow. The next day, the day after that; a month; two, three; six months; a year. Still running, still accumulating placeholders. Not just for yourself, but for your children as well, for them and the life around you and them and everyone. Things to tide all the runners over until something better or an ultimate goal comes along, because you must rush, and run, and do this and do that; hurry hurry. But all the while that you are searching for better and ultimate, the quality of the body, the mind, the relationship, degrades like a flame consuming the wick of a candle as it burns. One’s life and the life of those which you brought up around you have been substituted with placeholders, and now there is no returning. The past actions have come, commenced, and gone, but the result remains here in the present. You couldn’t listen to the environment around you because you were moving too fast, and coaxing others to move fast right along with you. Not just within one’s family, but outside as well. When will it be the time to listen? “Where does the time go?” The answer may lie in one’s own pace, for if you move too fast to be bothered to notice things, then one is sure not to notice the passing of time. Only when you must hurry to be somewhere or do something, does time matter, and in such a case, one’s whole day is like that. Finish this so I can move on to that. Clock clock clock. “What time is it?… Oh, I gotta hurry!”. Quick, now run again after the first running, so that you can go run again, and again, and again. “I can only have fun for a few minutes because I have to go run some more.” “This weekend I need to go all out, because next week I must run; quick quick, let’s go!” Run in your head. Run here, run there; run everywhere.

Slow down. Not later; now. Later is later and has not come yet; now is now. Once you wait for later, the effects of your past “now” have already arrived, and your “later” from before is brimming only with regret. You want the past back so you can do it over…. The birth of suffering. Longing for the future and living in the past; your now goes by unnoticed for the sake of illusions.

All there is is now…


Author: Garrett S.

I am a writer, researcher, and 3D CG generalist, who developed a strong penchant for meditation and spiritual practices. I've incorporated that background into my current work manning the helm in directing my own personal animated projects, most notably of which is my "Mr. G" series, and "The Ville".

11 thoughts on “Run run run as fast as you can, you won’t catch peace ’cause you’re moving too fast!

  1. This mindset seems so natural after you’ve become accustomed to it. I wonder how I got by without thinking this way. I still forget sometimes, though.

    Beautifully explained and well-written, too.

    • haha, yes… most people don’t notice it, and don’t attempt to remedy it until it’s too late to do anything about it.
      I’m glad that you liked the post. Thank you for reading 🙂

  2. Time. Some want more of it, others less. It all depends on your perspective. I’ve always taken the live in the moment approach. That way, I do all I can with the time I have. Tomorrow is another day to do things I didn’t get to complete and more. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when your mind is calm.

  3. An important read for me this morning. I use to sit for hours with my poetry books and savour each poem. I love the blogging world, but I do find myself rushing through some amazing works of writing and art. There is so much to look at, however, What has happened to my experience?

    I like your posts, they are a gentle reminder for me. Thanks

    • Yes, there is a lot of rushing out there, any and everywhere. I’m glad that my posts help you to reflect a little bit. That’s all I can ask from my writings. Just trying to help enlighten whom ever I can ^_^
      Thanks for reading!

  4. Absolutely perfect post. 🙂

  5. I came to check out your blog after you liked one of my posts. I’m so glad that I did! The Still Mind… how beautiful! and the result of a lovely meditation.
    There truly is only NOW, yet we seem to forget and chase some elusive “something”. Nice post…

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