Would you assist me in conducting a little experiment??
I hope many of you can recite the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) it is after all how Jesus told us all to pray.
Try doing it now, word for word, silently in your mind – right this second….
Ok – how did it go? Easy? Difficult?
Now comes the ‘experiment’ part… you will need to have maybe ten minutes or so of ‘quiet time’ when you can be uninterrupted by any of the day’s many ‘neccessary’ events. Sit or lie still and clear your mind…there does not need to be TOTAL silence but ideally nothing that demands your attention.
Now, once you have the right time/place try repeating the Prayer – in your mind, silently.
Only this time… slow it down – allow each word to ‘sink in’ and get the full ‘flavour’/ideas behind each word/concept in the Prayer. ideally it should take something more than one minute to complete.
Don’t ‘dissect it’ or analyse it in detail but think it slower than usual – maybe one-quarter or a bit less of how you would ‘read’ it.
See how you go.
Here’s what i found…. i could not do it! There is a certain speed/slowness at which i cannot do this!!!
Each time i tried my mind would take over and some weird or boring thought would jump into my consciousness and i’d realise that i was no longer reciting a prayer but had got ‘lost’ down a sideroad into a completely different thought!
I suspect that all our thoughts have a certain MINIMUM ‘speed’ and if we slow one down to below that speed to consider it a little more ‘carefully’ we are unable to sustain it – at least i am unable to and i want to know – is it just me? or do we all have a minimum speed of thought?
Can i develop this lack of control or is it a ‘basic feature’ of our brains/minds?
Hence my ‘request’/experiment for help here!
I’d be really interested in your input.