Sit, breathe, contemplate
It's a new year, and (I'm sure) there will arise a tendency to want to do.
And that's fine.
It's not like you can will yourself the opposite way, or at least not for long.
But, even if you do enter the whirling dervish zone, juxtaposed with living (never forget the gift of life), it's a good idea throughout your day to sit, breathe and contemplate.
This might sound like meditation. Possibly. But it's more a case of waking up all of you to what's here: an unformed, mysterious awareness of awareness.
Close your eyes and try to think yourself not here.
Try to imagine yourself not here.
What do you sense in just sitting?
I know, it's easy to talk yourself out this sort of exercise as being borderline solipsistic but then again, if you can make time — even 5 minutes — to sit, breathe and contemplate life, you might start to experience a detachment from your thoughts that have, up to now, held sway.
Then again you might not.
What happens, is what happens and that includes totally dismissing what I'm pointing to.
Well, we're inclined to take life very seriously but only in a way where we take our cue from our thoughts. (I profoundly disagree with what Descartes said: "You are what you think.")
I accept that this sounds very new age. I mean, come on, in the past, as best as I remember, my forebears managed to desensitise themselves to their discursive mind by: (a) moving a lot slower, (b) being connected to their work, (c) having a hobby, normally, where they made something and (d) most importantly, they didn't have the distractions that we now have, namely our mobile devices.
In my case, I do have a formal meditation practice but the thing that I find most therapeutic is going for a walk with my daughter's dog, Alfie. Nearly always I follow the same two or three routes and whilst I'm sometimes in the frame of mind to get it done, more often than not I stop myself and adopt what I'm advocating herein.
To be clear, I'm not seeking anything.
I'm simply being with what is.
And stay with whatever comes up.
Do I feel better?
That's not that the point.
The point is to sit (or stand in my case), breathe and contemplate.