jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

Being present


"Well, I believe life is a Zen koan, that is, an unsolvable riddle. But the contemplation of that riddle - even though it cannot be solved - is, in itself, transformative. And if the contemplation is of high enough quality, you can merge with the divine." -- Tom Robins

I used to think that this day could be my last -- and it might be; but, in truth, very few of us could deal with the pressure of having to max out so as not to feel we'd wasted a single moment.

As vacuous as it might sound, I try to live in this moment. To be precise, I'm alive to how my wandering mind is forever trying to pull me out of this moment -- either into the past or the future. In trying to live this way, it doesn't mean I don't think what I've got to plan for or prepare, but I try my hardest not to let go of now.

With the nature of our lives, where we're overstimulated on all levels, trying to live this way is incredibly hard -- mobile phones are a menace -- but we can all do a lot more to control the external environment which we inhabit:

1. stop listening to the radio, particularly the news
2. cut down on the amount of television you watch
3. get used to turning your mobile phone off
4. spend as little time as possible online
5. spend as much time as you can outdoors
6. speak more slowly
7. allow bigger gaps to appear in your conversation
8. slow down the way you eat (not just the chewing part)
9. sit quietly for a few minutes a day
10. sleep more

Of course, this list is imbued with my own modus operandi, but, seriously, you need to find a way to fall into the moment and not continually be drawn away, where your mind starts in first gear but ends in overdrive, for no reason other than high voltage, external stimulation.

Please don't assume that the takeaway from this post is to zone out, but if you want to live a life at peace with who you are, on a more profound level than what you wear, own or desire, then you owe it to your higher Self to fall back to a much simpler way of living.

PS. This isn't a weekend warriors toolkit. This is for Life.


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