‘Most of us have lost our capacity for enjoyment. I really believe that most people in affluent countries have lost that capacity. They’ve got to have more and more expensive gadgets; they can’t enjoy the simple things of life.
Then I walk into places where they have all the most marvelous music, and you get these record at a discount, they’re all stacked up, but I never hear anybody listening to them- no time, no time, no time. They’re guilty, no time to enjoy life. They’re overworked, go, go, go.
If you really enjoy life and the simple pleasures of the senses, you’d be amazed. You’d develop that extraordinary discipline of the animal. An animal will never overeat. Left in its natural habitat, it will never be overweight. It will never drink or eat anything that is not good for its health.
You never find an animal smoking. It always exercises as much as it needs. Watch your cat after it’s had its breakfast, look how it relaxes. And see how it springs into action.
We’ve lost that. We’re lost in our minds, in our ideas and ideals and so on and its always go, go,go.’
- Awareness by Anthony de Mello