I keep feeling a need to make a record of the things I am learning. I am interested in the idea that as I give time in my life for more pondering, I will be able to do more with less. I don't believe that I am meant to run faster and faster because there are unlimited things to run after. This summer I grew a garden. There were lots of seeds that wanted some space there. I had lots of small green things coming up and had to choose which ones to keep and cultivate. The price of cultivating is my time and attention. I want to spend that on the seeds that will give me fruit. I cannot afford to keep them all.
I want to create an environment that allows for greater and more frequent "insight", or seeing inside my head. I recommend the book "The Art of Insight". Some of these thoughts have come as I have read it. I believe insight comes not so much through acquiring new information as it comes from seeing what I know in a new way. This requires unhurried thinking. The "creation" will be a combination of what is physically in front of me currently combined with past experience and importantly "inspiration" which comes from God to me through His spirit. What I get is something wonderfully fresh and deliciously fruitful. This 3rd element comes most frequently for me through scripture study and prayer which help me get to that slower place of meditation.
The beauty of living each minute of our active life fully present, is that it allows us to take in raw information that can then be distilled later. I recently spent some time with a painting I wanted to "ingest". For me this means giving it my full attention for several minutes, trying to take it in without verbal dialogue. I want something of that work for myself. It is not enough to have access to it outside of my head because it is only when it is in me that it can be part of this combining process that brings about fresh thoughts. This is something I am really working on...not thinking past what I am currently about, but living it fully. Work smarter, not harder. My quality of life depends on how I well I am able to do this. I cannot afford to be hurried.