Catherine Ingram writes, “It is strange how much we resist the inherent peace and quiet that is always possible. Perhaps this is because resting in simple presence is so foreign to a lifelong habit of mental complication, and we may have confused complication with a sense of aliveness. We may assume that having no particular mental project would result in boredom. Or we may be overwhelmed by how vast and free life suddenly feels when our minds are not on the hunt.”
There is another issue as well and that is to not be constantly engaged with mental projects and ‘mental complication’ is considered as lazy. Keeping our minds and our hands as busy as possible every moment is perceived to be industrious and productive. This is an illusion that comes from our culture. Peace and quiet becomes more a figure of speech than a figure of reality. As long as our minds are on the hunt they will pursue whatever game we may imagine… real and unreal. Peace and quiet becomes a distraction to the hunt.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Jesus