One of the biggest benefits of meditation that I’ve started to notice is the ability to quickly being myself back to the present. When I find myself getting anxious, and I can physically feel it with my shoulders tensing up, or my breathing becoming labored, or get very restless, I stop and take a few deep breaths, and instantly feel okay.
Another simpler form of meditation for me is to look for beauty around me, for my mind believes that a world with this much beauty can’t be all bad. And if I can’t find anything, I look up. Sometimes truly appreciating something is the simplest form of prayer.
Like today when sat on the rooftop and watched the sky, when the sun was about to set casting its pink-y orange hues, and I could see the silhouette of birds flying around without a care in the world. And at that very moment, nothing else mattered.
So when you find yourself in the midst of one of the most stressful weeks (like this one is for me), you use every trick in the book to stay clam.
The week is almost over, hang in there!
While mornings are about hopeful excitement and anticipation of “anything could happen”, evenings (just before the sun sets) are about reflection and gratitude, that one more day has come and gone and telling yourself that you did good. After all aren’t we all just winging it here!
Peace & Love
The colors of dusk are so pretty with its golden hues just before the sun sets and the stars wrap everything in its sparkly embrace. Every day something different, every time some other scene before us. Its a good thing we knew we knew we were making memories, otherwise this would’ve passed us by. We sat there a few moments more, just to savor the colors of dusk.
There is such a difference between the colors at dawn and those at dusk. I recently posted a picture of the view of a tea plantation in one of my favorite south Indian towns. At dawn the skies were blue-r making the sky feel more hopeful, and at dusk it was a peachy color which was meant to evoke a more thoughtful reaction from its viewer (or at least that is what it felt like to me).
Its funny how every day seems the same, the same sunrise, the same traffic, the same job, the same bosses, the same grumpy people, the same sunset, but the reality is it isn’t the same at all. Our minds just stop noticing the differences beyond a point, maybe that’s one of the reasons we tend to take things for granted or become apathetic towards the monotony. Maybe its also a way for our minds to protect us from feeling overwhelmed all the time.
So take baby steps.
Love this day, there will never be another one like it.
Peace & Love