Mindfulness has become a term we associate with a tactic to rebalance our busy lifestyles and need to escape to a more simple life. We’re reminded how surgically connected we are to technology. That we should let it go in favour of a small cabin, out in the countryside. Away from the noise and endlessness of city life.
Indeed many people I know have left the city. “It’s not me, it’s you”, they cite as a mantra. Blaming the hard edges and fast, expensive pace upon the development of a place they once used to call home.
Time is not a thing
On reflection, it reminds me of a university project. Maybe we need a community of Heidegger’s hut. A place where we make our own chair before we sit at the table to eat the food we’ve gathered and cooked ourselves.
We should let ourselves be ruled by time. Indeed, time is something we can very easily control. Sometimes we just need a step back, a slow down, a new pace. Not necessarily a change of scenery.