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.

 

Feel

When was the last time you noticed how you felt, not because your mind told you how you should feel, but because you paused for a minute to pay attention to your emotions?

Often our emotions are influenced by how our mind believes we should feel in a given circumstance, but so many times what we actually feel is quite different to what we think we should feel.

Be mindful about your feelings, allow them to live within you, to pass over and through you, without judging. Just let them be and contemplate how it feels. Feelings are not our enemies, even the most negative ones. On the contrary, feelings are the most accurate feedback we can get about the path we are walking in life and the alignment of such path with our purpose.

 

Celebrate

No matter where you are right now, is further from where you were yesterday. You have come a long way and nobody can take that away from you. Contemplate your achievements, starting with the person you have become. Our own development and growth is our biggest award.

Yes, the finish line of your goals and dreams might be even farther ahead, but never forget progress is not measured by the distance between where we are and where we want to be, but by the distance where we are and where we used to be.

 

Be Grateful

The sole fact that you are a conscious being is a great reason to be grateful, because that’s all you need to achieve anything you want.

What if you don’t like where you are? This is something to appreciate as well. Stop and feel your emotions about where you are. See that you are hurting. See that you wish things to be different. How does that feel in your body? Allow it to happen, and realize that it is temporary, but a part of life. Not good or bad, just happening.

Then think about all the things you aren’t suffering from: If you aren’t in a war-torn area of the world, give thanks to the stars. If you aren’t suffering from health problems, aren’t sleeping on the streets, aren’t about to die, that’s a minor miracle.

You are alive, and life is a wondrous thing to participate in. Of course we have things to do, deadlines to comply with and professional goals to achieve, but acknowledge that this is only a small part of life.

Don’t let it go all to waste by hiding yourself behind a pile of irrelevant tasks.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Gorgeous post! Thank you so much for reminding us to FEEL, not just DO.

  2. Hi Julio, thank you for this blog. Even whilst reading it I kept thinking I need to carry on with work! How sad because if I had done so I would have missed this wonderful reminder to sometimes just allow myself ‘to be’. Also enjoyed your ‘About’ page.

    Would have loved to re-blog it but can’t see a button on your site!

  3. P.S. Found the button! Have re-blogged this on http://noelene2014.com/

  4. I enjoyed this blog post, I am a big fan of being mindful and grateful and allowing ourselves a little time to stand still and be thankful for what we have. Life is tough and we place a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect, often resulting in self doubt or sense of failure. By taking note of how far we have come, even just from yesterday, we can feel proud of our achievements and feel empowered and ready to face another day!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I agree with you about the pressure we place over ourselves to be perfect. Celebrating small goals and gratitude does help!

  5. A man after my own heart, you get it.

  6. your writing skills, just amazing! Not boring at all 🙂 I was working on an essay, and you know what? I am going to sleep. Thank you so much!

  7. Its almost as if we have to set ourselves places in the day where we know there will be a queue or some other forced ‘stop’ just to give ourselves room to remember, to dream, to be mindful. Ever since I sold my car and have become dependent on my feet or public transport, waiting for buses has opened up lots of time for thinking. I strongly recommend it.

    • Any moment is a great opportunity to stop and contemplate my friend. To make the best out of our commute time is a great idea!

  8. In a world where toughness is an admirable trait, you remain true to yourself, and there is a sweetness about your writing. Keep it that way.

  9. Thank you for this great reminder! In these social media days, we get so distracted all the time that it’s all too easy to forget to stop and feel the moment….

    • I’m glad you liked it. Social media for sure adds up to all the distractions we already have around us. It’s our responsibility to know when it’s time to “disconnect” from the social media world and to “connect” with ourselves.

  10. I’m a huge fan of your posts because I always find them insightful. I’ve always wanted to write about this same topic but I couldn’t have said it better. Thanks for this post.

  11. Let us not fear our wild thoughts – for they can give rise to wondrous contemplation, creative endeavour, life changing ideas, momentous bliss.

    • You’re right friends. Our minds are capable of amazing things when we allow our true essence to run free!

  12. Well written and most interesting and useful information.

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