Slow Down … to Enjoy Life
Majority of us have hectic lives. We do so many things during the day and life feels like a roller coaster. Many people who are at their 50s & 60s say “it feels like yesterday I was 15”. That’s how fast the life goes by. All we need is to find a way to enjoy life more and really savor it.
We work on accumulating material things, however what will matter at the end of the day is how many friends are by our side and our family. People are the most important.
How to stop this chaotic life and start really enjoying it, not just rush through it?
- Enjoy your connection and communication with other people, friends and family. When you are talking to them, don’t be in your head, but really be there for them. Enjoy the connection.
- Meditate. Meditation is peace and emptiness. When you meditate thoughts may arise and move in and out, but your practice should be to stay aware without being taken up by these thoughts. In Tao Te Chin it says “Stop thinking and end your problems”. So true. With thought the mind has boundary, but without thought the mind is just infinite space.
” In meditation, enjoy doing nothing. Be in a state of perfectly quiet passivity – then you are in harmony with the world. The thought-forms dissolve automatically because they cannot exist with total passivity: they are forms of an activity-addicted mind, and with them dissolves the ego – because it cannot exist without thought-forms. The ego is nothing but a whirlpool centre of constantly revolving thought-forms. Remain in passivity, that is, in the state of absolute doing-nothingness, and meditation deepens to the depths where there is no meditator; and remember that only when there is no meditator has meditation really come into being. If you are then there is no meditation, and when there is meditation you are not.” From 20 Cups of Tea.
- Be present. When we get lost in thoughts is like we are dreaming. Being present is living in reality. Look around and see all the objects that surround you. Give 100% of your focus and attention to what is in front of you: task, person, or situation.
- Stop resisting. Whenever you stop resisting you will become happy and will start enjoying your life.
- Have your favorite tea and stare out the window.
- Savor your food when you eat. Don’t rush.
- When you shower – really experience it.
- While you are walking, become aware of each step that you take and your body movements.
The key to enjoying your life is being present. Slow down your crazy daily activities and live in the moment.