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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Cepholopod Coffee House: The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

Welcome to this month's Cepholopod Coffee House! Grab your favorite cup of tea or coffee and gather around to hear this month's book pick.

This month I decided to look inward since I was refused from Canada. My full-time job didn't write a job description and when they finally did (last week), the job wouldn't have been considered professional anyway. I will try again next summer, but looking for another job. I'm not totally sure what I want to do, that is why I decided to look inward this month.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down is about mindfulness. A Buddhist monk, Haemin Sunim, wrote the book and he gives many insights on how to slow down. The book mostly has different poems and advice about going at your own pace, and how to better manage your own life without the frills of the world. This was my favorite:

When you have to make an important decision,
don’t lose sleep over it.
Just take the special medicine called “time” and wait.
Your subconscious will search for the answer.
Two days later, or three,
the answer will dawn on you
as you are waking up, taking a shower,
or talking to a friend.

Put faith in your subconscious mind and
give yourself time.

~Haemin Sunim

I'm definitely taking heed of this advice moving forward. I definitely want to read this book again. 

5 comments:

  1. I've actually had that happen. Answers often come more easily when we don't scrabble for them. Haemin sounds like a wise man.

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    1. I've noticed that too! I want to buy a copy for myself to have. I see why he suggests reading it slowly and multiple times. There were a lot of different ideas!

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  2. It's wonderful advice. It's often easy to feel deprived of such time but there's no substitute. Deep truth usually hits me in the shower.

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    1. It tends to hit me while I am on my daily walks!

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  3. Taking time to slow down has saved my life; if only I could remember to do it more often.

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