Recently a thoughtful young adult shared with me that he found our age marked by increased connections and decreased intimacy. This made me wonder, is online social networking uncoupled from essential wisdom? Has life in front of digital screens aided the further detachment of our young from the type of wisdom that was transmitted from elders to youth in small tribal and agrarian cultures? Beyond any romantic notions of the past, clearly there’s a need to know how to organize and discern the wise use of the massive amount of knowledge that this information age offers. What is worthy of our time and attention and what is not? Clearly we live in an information age and not an age of wisdom. Meditation is one way to slow us down to hear the voice of wisdom that resides within.
Wisdom is given little attention in our age. Knowledge and information are virtually worshiped. The limits of our information age are being felt at a global level. We need look no further than the breakdown of the family and the degradation of the environment – to name but two from a host of ills – to experience the limits of information void of wisdom. This is why ancient wisdom is particularly important at this moment in history. Organized religion is often more the problem than the cure. Yet, within sacred texts and lives of mystics resides the voice of wisdom. Wisdom takes time to acquire. We make time for what is important to us. Three counter-cultural disciplines that require only time and attention offer steps towards wisdom if tried daily for even 10-20 minutes. Here they are:
1. Be still
2. Be quiet
3. Be alone
Try this as a daily discipline for 10-20 minutes a day.
These three may take work depending on your context.
Yet, these three lead to richer encounters with yourself and others.
Honor this discipline and a trusted teacher will appear in your life.
These three unlock the door to wisdom. It’s up to you to enter.
Feel free to let me know how it goes. Forward gently.
anthony glenn miller
Those who know the natural way
have no need of boasting,
whilst those who know but little,
may be heard most frequently;
thus, the sage says little,
if anything at all.
Chapter 56 – Tao Te Ching
Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”