O.H.M. is the acronym for Overtures Honoring Mindfulness, a collection of the written word that speaks to my heart, mind & soul.
The pressure to do never stops
even when your schedule is empty, with every loose end tied up,
even when you've guided every project to completion
and know you've earned the right to relax
and relish your achievements, at least for a while --
but the pressure won't let you rest.
The pressure is never satisfied
like an animal with an endless appetite
that devours every activity then hunts for more.
It's with you as soon as you wake up
and keeps nagging and nudging throughout the day
and sometimes keeps you awake at night
whispering, "There's still so much to do,"
reminding you of what you didn't manage to do today
and what waits to be done tomorrow.
The pressure to do convinces you
that all this activity is necessary
that the present only exists to serve the future
that moments are empty spaces that must be filled
that time is an enemy and your life a constant battle
and every achievement -- even every completed task -- a tiny victory.
But you don't have to let the pressure push you --
maybe you've done enough already.
Maybe there's nothing more to do
apart from what is necessary.
Maybe further achievements
will only dilute what you've already done.
Stand firm and resist the impulse
stand back and let the momentum fade.
Relax and let the pressure pass you by
then guide yourself gently back to a standstill
like a train that slows and finally comes to rest.
Then your life will open up like a landscape all around you
and time will expand until there is no time at all
only free-flowing unbroken space.
Then the pressure to do will give way
to the ease and grace of being.