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There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Gandhi
Facebook! Twitter! Instagram! The news, the internet, TV, radio, or just ask Siri! How to slow down and start living is the urgent need of our time.
With so much information at our fingertips and in our faces, it’s hard for people to get why they should investigate the Lemurian Philosophy, and even harder to slow down enough to actually try it. After all, if you’re interested in Mu, there are countless books and websites offering every shade of interpretation of this term, from the sublime to the ridiculous. So why turn to the Lemurian Philosophy?
Many of us got into this study because we were interested in Lemuria, Atlantis, or ancient Egypt, and we’ve learned a lot. But that isn’t why we decided to make this philosophy our way of life. That came from digging into the Lemurian information to understand its principles and appreciate its wisdom, then learning to use these with the Fellowship’s help until we discovered for ourselves what they can do for us.
Take the Lemurian virtues. Everyone thinks they know what virtues are, and so what? Why bother to be kind when many people aren’t, or even take advantage of your kindness? “I could be tolerant if I wanted to, but I don’t see the point.” Easy to say we could express a virtue if we wanted, but not so easy when you actually make the commitment to do it, no excuses. And you have to do it to find out what the point is.
If you’re like most of us, once you’re persuaded to improve your virtues, or at least try, you might decide to use patience for a day. You hold it in the back of your mind as you go to work. “Be patient” rings in your ears and you plan ahead for a couple of ways to be patient. But this takes a few tries, it turns out, because you keep running into people who need someone to set them straight, and others who clearly do not deserve your patience. But at last, you find the perfect conditions to wait twenty or thirty seconds longer before blowing your stack, and you feel a warm sense of accomplishment from using patience. That glow lasts about ten minutes, before some so-and-so does something to set you off again. But, no matter, that night you carefully document these events and, having conquered patience, set off next day to master kindliness.
At that point, of course, you’ve made only the barest start at developing the power of patience, but it was a start. You realize just reading about patience, no matter how spiritual it makes you feel, doesn’t confer the hard-won knowledge only using patience can bring. The patience to control ourselves and inspire others with confidence in us will never be ours until we pledge, “I really want to become a finer person, and I’m going to start with patience (or courage, or precision).”
There are eleven other virtues just as powerful and effective as patience to work on. But patience is a great one to start with, because it helps us slow the frenetic pace of our days so we can begin to recognize the wonderful possibilities, opportunities, sights, sounds and people around us. As much as anything, patience can help us learn how to slow down and start living, relax, and begin to truly enjoy the precious gift of life.
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13 thoughts on “How to Slow Down and Start Living!”
This blog about patience speaks to me particularly because despite a sincere desire to become a better person, each success with this virtue is usually clouded with failures, most of the time revealing failures to some other virtues, more particularly tolerance and kindliness towards someone. But concerted efforts in working with these three virtues should eventually yield positive results.
With technology making so much information and connectivity with each other available, if I’m not careful I can easily get distracted from what’s really important. Along with patience, I find the virtue discrimination useful. It helps me filter out what’s unessential and focus on what is important so I can enjoy more of what life really has to offer.
Patience is a virtue I need to use more often because I often make mistakes when I rush. As I can calm down inside, not only do I make fewer mistakes, but I enjoy life more and find a greater sense of contentment. This is one of the Lemurian virtues that has helped me live a more peaceful and contented life.
I agree with Ruth about slowing down, with the exception that in my case I would have to slow down so much I’d be going backwards!
It sure feels that way at first! You think: “I can’t slow down! I have forty-eleven things to do and if I slow down I’ll probably explode!” One of the Fellowship teachers used to talk about the general who jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions, and encourage us not to follow his example. Patience seems to be a luxury no one thinks they can afford, but it leads to every one of the spiritual blessings described in Dr. Stelle’s article on this subject and more. Using it would bring a healing calm to our political discourse and enable us to think with our heads as well as our hearts. So we hope you won’t give up on it before you give it a fair try.
Patience is a good virtue for me to work on because I always thought I was a patient person. But, when I tried to consciously be patient with my family, friends and co-workers, I found out I wasn’t nearly as good at this as I thought. It seemed that I actually learned more about patience from the times I was impatient. Now that I’m aware practicing or failing to practice this virtue will help me become more patient, I welcome the many opportunities I have each day to improve.
I can really relate to what this article says. There is something so important about enjoying the moment – and the pleasant memories that are produced without the intrusion of hustle and bustle. And we can still get things done – accomplish our objectives – it’s just that employing the virtues adds that little bit of magic and sparkle to our daily experiences.
I’ve found out that as soon as you want to work on a virtue like patience, there will suddenly be many opportunities to do so. At first this can be disconcerting but as you develop more patience you look forward to the chances to use it!
It amazes me how many of the principles I am trying to apply today, are the same ones that I thought I understood as a teen, or even dismissed as “too simple to be of practical value”! For years rather than looking deeper, I looked elsewhere, hoping to find a short cut to the finish line.
What the Lemurian Philosophy showed me was how those simple truths all fit together with others to form a road map, and with the Lemurian Fellowship as the legend, I am able to navigate my way.
I can really relate to this narrative. I always considered myself a pretty good person until my study of the Lemurian Philosophy helped me have a better understanding of what “good” meant. I used to think goodness either came naturally to someone or it didn’t, but now I understand that it is a learned skill. I study the Philosophy because I want to have an Olympian level of skill as it pertains to cultivating this aspect of myself. Not just for me, but for the world in which I live. Thanks to this blog post for the reminder that if I have time to sign on to my computer today, surely I can take time to remind myself to pause for a moment before I allow angry words to spew out of my mouth and consider if there might be a better option. Though working to improve myself is a full time job, what I have seen in my own life and in the lives of others as a direct result of my efforts has made it all worthwhile!
Patience in today’s world is almost an oxymoron, yet without it we are lost in a kinetic world, racing into chaos. I have found that the other side of patience is an increasing confidence in knowing that all is working out for my greatest good. I have but to continue working to improve myself each day and try to make others a bit more happy; but in order to do this, I have to have a framework to guide my efforts. That framework in my life is the Lemurian Philosophy. And as it says in the article, you have to do it to find out what the point is!
“…the other side of patience is an increasing confidence in knowing that all is working out for my greatest good.” Thanks for this great insight. I’ll try to keep it in mind when I’m in situations that require me to be patient.
This made me laugh out loud! It is really hard for me to decide to do something, then realize it took very little to get off track. Good to remember the humor there is at times I get so serious!