It Starts with the Breath

Meditation, the art of living in the moment, being centered and finding calm while focusing on your breath and clearing your mind. I’ve taken up meditation along with some other modes of introspection and self expression to work on myself. My goal is to S L O W down and enjoy were I am and gain from that experience when in the moment. I don’t need to look back or ahead I need to just be.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am NOT patience and I am at twelve other places all at once. It doesn’t help that our (modern) society has change our perception of what life should look like by having our attention all over the place, inundating us in one form or another and having us trying to continuously multitask and/or visually being overstimulated. We neither remember a darn thing we have seen nor do we fully experienced what we are doing, thereby not allowing us to experience life in the fullest most meaningful of ways. Everything is available now, now, now, so patience is lacking. In short there is too much information being fed to us that it makes it hard to know what is worth knowing and what is worth waiting for. I’d gather the vast majority of what comes at us is garbage not worth knowing.

It is in my nature to get as much done as possible and as quickly as I can, but if my past experiences and age has taught me anything, it is this: focus on one thing at a time, take everything in and enjoy where you are at and above all don’t worry about mistakes or the small stuff. It is also helpful I like simple things; walking, gardening, writing, exercising and find it easy (for the most part) to be in the moment with these activities. But the ability to quiet my mind and not overthink, well I wish I could say I’ve mastered that or even become semi proficient. In all actuality I’m not close to being proficient.

From what I understand it takes many many years for a person to master the art of meditation – quiets one’s mind, and learning to be in the moment. For starters learning to quiet the mind is difficult because as humans all we do is think, and yet the mere act teaches one so much about who they are as a person. You learn to hear your thoughts more clearly and understand them. Which as a lay person I think it is an essential step in learning to quiet your mind and live in the moment. It you can make heads or tails of your thoughts and weed out what you don’t need then it would make sense that you’d be on the path to being able to quiet your mind. At least that’s my assumption.

The inundation of our own thoughts and feelings makes it seem logical that the busier we are along with the more input we get the more we learn, but in actually the opposite is true. None of us need more stimulation or input, we need to process what we take in one task/experience at a time in the very moment we experience and learn it. I don’t need more stimulation from my life I need less.

I need what I experience to enrich my life and awakening me, enriching my purpose and giving me new eyes of clarity in which to see the world around me, so it challenges me to grow. I see all the ways in which my life has deepened and has become something I’m proud of by the mere fact I have been growing in leaps and bounds.

By removing as much of the over stimulation and looking for simplicity my life has become more meaningful. I’m thankful for meditation and Buddhism and what it has taught me about myself and life. For how it has given me tools to help myself. But most of all I am thankful for the people I’m proud to say are part of my life and whom have helped me find my way.


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