When I first approach something new, for instance, the first time I use a particular recipe, I read each instruction carefully. Then, thinking only about that, I perform the relevant action, returning to the cookery book again only after I have completed it.
This mode of operation makes sure that everything is done correctly and the best possible result is attained. Having given myself time and space to do the job well, on completion of the task, I feel satisfied.
Compare this with the situation where the instructions, in the form of thoughts, follow each other in rapid succession, not waiting for each instruction to be put into action before the next one arises. The result is that, as I am doing one thing, my mind is badgering me to get on and do the next thing. I feel under pressure. I feel that I do not have enough time to do all the actions correctly.
Consequently, on completion, I often find that the job has not been done well. Instead of a feeling of satisfaction, there is stress and tension. So, it is not just the speed of thoughts that is important, but the speed of thoughts relative to actions. If the speed of my thoughts (my instructions to myself) matches the speed with which I can do things, I will remain free from stress and tension and I will feel that there is time to do things properly. The effect of this is that I feel as though I am ‘creating’ time for myself.
Another advantage which immediately becomes apparent when this is practiced is the ease with which actions and reactions can be controlled.
The spaces we leave when we slow our thoughts down allow us to change direction easily and immediately.
However, the spaces between thoughts are like times when we are temporarily stationary. From a stationary position we can move in any direction we choose, smoothly and easily, without causing discomfort to anyone. This practice of slowing thoughts down and giving ourselves more time is helpful in many ways...
Those spaces give us time to enjoy sweet feelings of peace and contentment, which are natural qualities of the soul.
Excerpts taken from Practical Meditation by the Brahma Kumaris, Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, 1996