Are you addicted to the next thrill?

I’ve noticed recently that when I go to the movies nearly the whole cinema starts to leave before the credits have started to roll  – I want to call people back and say “don’t you want to savour the emotion of this moment?”

It seems the whole world is constantly onto the next thing – eating faster, walking faster, multi-tasking with a whole range of gadgets. But are we savouring the simple things?

I get it, pleasure time is limited for many people.  However, I sat in the cinema one wet saturday afternoon wondering if many people are chasing a pleasure that could simply exist from sitting in the dark at the cinema for a few extra minutes, feeling the emotions of a heart felt movie.

Many people I have worked with in the corporate world seem to be working more hours and paying bigger mortgages in a world where things are costing more, jobs are more vulnerable than ever and we are constantly being marketed bigger and better everything. We work to buy things to enable us to consume more but rarely seem to stop to take it in.

An ever growing demand to consume and fill up our senses means holidaymakers buy cruises around 15 countries in 7 days , go to restaurants to eat wildly extravagant meals by top chefs, whilst taking photos to put on social media.
Of course looking thoroughly gorgeous in the process..

“But are we staying still long enough to drink in the beauty of a moment, feel it by soaking up the smells, the emotions, the flavours and the conversations?”

It seems that people work more hours to buy bigger and better things and all scientific reports point to the fact there is more depression and psychosis in the world than ever before. Things are going wrong somewhere and and call me old fashioned but I think bringing things back to some simplicity and gratitude for the everyday things could help to put things into perspective.

“I mean does anybody darn a sock these days? It’s easier to buy new ones; regardless of the fact that these little things over time cost us more and require us to be away from home and family for longer consuming things that we don’t really need in the first place.”

It’s hard to break away from the endless task lists when we’re so easy to contact with our smart phones. So it’s hardly a surprise that life is more complex than it was 40 years ago, it becomes difficult to find quality time with no distractions.

Now I am guessing that one of the reasons yoga is growing in popularity is that yoga is one place that you can truly be away from distractions  – nowhere else can you lie down and really become mindful of your breath and not start checking your phone or jumping up to do something.

Many people come to my yoga classes saying that they feel tired or drained and want a practice to give them energy. Now, I am lover of energising yoga but there are also times that if you are continually feel burnt out that it’s important to listen to the rhythms of your body to take the time to really recharge your batteries and actually turn your phone off.

The need to constantly be doing can makes people feel they have “done yoga”, but yoga goes much deeper than this.

“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.”

Erich Schiffmann

So, maybe what we need is to try to seek out that quietness and stillness in moments. Maybe as more of us sit in the darkness watching the closing credits of a movie we might even get to be the lucky ones and see a few of the outtakes.