What? You mean just sit quietly and do nothing?
And I say yes… that’s exactly what I mean!
And you might think or say, but…. what’s the point?
Why should I do this? Why should I waste my precious time sitting quietly doing nothing when there is so much to do, so much to accomplish and achieve?
And all I can reply is yes, there goes the mind again. Busy making plans and pulling us off in other directions by constantly telling us that being present in this moment is not that important! Which brings up the whole question of what this whole thing called life is all about. Because really, what is it all about? This constant chase for happiness somewhere out there in the future if we just can perform well enough. Which I now have come to see is really such an unkind way to live our lives. Because we never allow ourselves to just be here now and experience the absolute bliss, the absolute joy, of being totally present right now—without any thought of accomplishing anything or becoming anything or going anywhere or doing anything at all. And then we die! It’s really so unkind! And stressful too…
So yes, why not allow yourself to just sit quietly and do nothing – at least for a little while?
Why not give it a try?
Why not allow yourself to just sit quietly and do nothing – and see what happens?
Why not just let everything be – at least for a few moments?
It’s an interesting experiment and experience – to see what happens if you allow yourself to be here now. So interesting, In fact, it’s actually a gift.
So why not give yourself the gift – and allow it to happen?
Allow yourself to be good to you!
Allow yourself to savor this moment. Do it for you!
So as an experiment, just make up your mind to sit down and breathe and just let everything be as it is. Make the choice to do it. Start with 5 or 10 minutes. Decide to just pull back and let go. Just be present and watch. And let everything be.
Sounds like meditation you say?
And yes, well it is… but you can also say that this decision to be aware in this moment, is a decision we can make in every now moment—and not just when we sit down to meditate formally. In other words, we can also make the decision to be present in every now moment, but the reality is – most of us can’t or don’t do this. It’s just too difficult because our minds (and our lives) are just so busy. And that of course is why practicing formal meditation can help. Meditation is the formal moment—the formal decision—when you say to yourself, ok I’m going to sit down now for 10 or 20 minutes and do nothing except focus my attention on being present now, on being aware of this moment. On breathing in and out. Meditation is the formal act where you pledge yourself to do this. And if you practice doing this every day at a designated time, you will discover that you are actually cultivating the ability and the awareness to be present. And then, sooner or later, this ability may well begin to spill over into the rest of your life.
So yes, sit quietly and do nothing (whether you call it meditation or not).
So yes, let everything be, just for a little while.
I highly recommend this practice… this cultivating the ability to be present and aware in this now moment. I highly recommend practicing being conscious in this moment, of this moment. Because it does take practice. It doesn’t just happen automatically. You have to make the decision. So keep making the decision—over and over again—to actually see what is happening right in front of your nose, right now. And keep making the decision, over and over again. And keep sitting there and keep bringing yourself back to this moment, over and over again. And keep coming back to now and experiencing this moment, this happening, this reality, this whatever it is, now.
And then let everything be – just for a little while. Just for a few minutes if you can. And see what happens. See how you feel… allow yourself to experience this…
You might be surprised at how blissful this makes you feel.
Blessings to you!
About Barbara Berger
American-born Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of “The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul” (published in 30 languages), “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (published in 21 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”. Barbara's latest book is "Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload". All her books are available on Amazon.com or on her Web site. Barbara also works as coach, helping people around the globe come into alignment with their own true power. For more about Barbara see her Web site: http://www.beamteam.com
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