Mindful Contemplation

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

We rush through our days as fast as we can. We have so much to do and so little time. We have come up with “productivity hacks” and tips, tricks and apps to helps us make the most out of our days; to squeeze a few more minutes here and there. We have come up with excuses to have fewer hours of sleep and leisure in order to fill even more our plates. We hardly have time to contemplate anything. Such a luxury is not practical.

But sometimes, even for a second, a wild thought appears. While we stand in the line, while the web page loads or while the app opens, the thought that we must be missing something lingers in the back of our minds. It is quickly dismissed; we don’t have time to think about such things. We have so many things to do before lunch.

Those thoughts that we disregard as a bug in the production software that we think our minds are, won’t go away. Because such thoughts are not a bug, but a warning sign. When we are caught up in the frenzy of doing, having and being more, we are missing something: living.

Pause right now. The world won’t burn down in flames because you stood still for a minute.

Pause for a moment right now to notice where you are. Allow yourself the mindful contemplation of your reality.

The Perks of a Life Without Pictures

Some time ago, I woke up a little earlier than usual. I went to the kitchen and when I was coming back to my room, I couldn’t help but notice the break of dawn out of my window and for a second I froze and stand there, mesmerized. The room was in complete silence and, for a moment, I felt incredibly lucky. It was amazing how such a simple moment could make me feel such strong emotions.

I felt amazing, but just for a second. Soon I went for my smart phone to take a picture. It took me a few seconds, I had to find a great angle and then add the perfect filter and finally, the hashtags. I uploaded the picture and then send it to some friends. I wanted that everybody could see what I was seeing, and hopefully, could feel at least something somehow similar.

By the time I looked back up, the beautiful dawn was just another sunny day. Beautiful nevertheless, but not quite as magical.

Empty Yourself

Today allow yourself to be filled with joy, even if it is just for a few minutes.

Gather all your worries and problems, imagine all the bills and the emails, and the to-do lists and put them into an imaginary box, lock the box and hide it.

Yes you can, only for a few minutes. The world it’s not going to burn because you drift away for a moment.

Now that you are devoid of worries and problems, feel and recognize the emptiness inside. This is the space that was filled with all that negative stuff you just put away.

And now is empty, ready to be filled again.

The empty space inside of you was filled by default, like a trash can. It was full of beliefs, thoughts and memories that did more harm than good.

But today you are going to fill that space by choice.

Think about everything that brings you joy and happiness, contemplate those sceneries and allow the feelings to fill you in for as long as you can.

It does not really matter how long you remain this way. Its ok to get up after a few minutes and unlock that box you hide away and be filled with the worries again. But tomorrow, do it again. Bring out the box and empty yourself for a few minutes in order to be filled with joy.

And do it again the day after tomorrow, and the day after that too.

In a very short time you will realize that you no longer feel the need to unlock the box. You will realize that the worries, and the problems and the emails and the to-do lists belongs to the box and the fact that it remains locked away doesn’t mean you are ignoring them, but acknowledging that you are more suitable to deal with them from a place of joy.

You will realize that there is not a better and faster way to get rid of the worries and the problems that when you are filled with joy.