Living is marked by slow-down before speed-up
From the moment we are born, we instantly meet the pleasures and pains of the world, its opportunities and challenges. We are constantly stimulated by the comforts and discomforts of life. We encounter experiences we like and those we dislike — both in our surroundings and within our bodies.
Throughout life, we continuously respond to these two types of triggers (pain and pleasure) and all of our responses are either survival or living based.
Our survival and living based responses can be distinguished through the following principle: To survive, you speed up before you slow down. To live, you slow down before you speed up.
Whenever your uneasiness is greater than your calmness you’re compelled to speed up — often without the choice to slow down. That is your surviving mode.
When your calmness is greater than your uneasiness you slow down and experience freedom of choice before you speed up.
That is your living mode.