When will then be now?Posted: October 20, 2014 | Author: CultFit | Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, Gratefulness, love, meditation, Mindfulness, nature, Omaha, passion, social media, technology, yoga |9 Comments
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it-
Our lives are saturated with technology – from email to texting, FaceTube to Insta-Look at me, Linked-Out to streaming media of various flavors online. Living in a digital world, our attention is almost always focused on something outside of our physical body. Either playing a game online with a friend or surfing aimlessly – Always doing something! We treat our own unfocused minds like parents on a cross-country road trip: Turning on the in-vehicle entertainment system and watching “Up” for the millionth time until the little ones pass out.
Are we there yet?!?
My mind needs periods during the day, just like children do at school … Time to run and play, jump from hither and yon, with little care in the world. My mind needs to be able to flow freely from thought to thought, or simply rest in no thought at all. The spaces between tasks, between thoughts, between breaths, between all the objects of my attention—are deeply important to our true selves. When I miss the opportunity to live in these gaps, I become a minion to my mind, and subsequently anxious of any moment when my mind is not occupied – Gotta check my fantasy team and Ebay!!!
A deep and lasting confidence arises when we can enjoy the open spaces in life. Our culture has placed a value on action, information, and entertainment, and we are encouraged to keep the mind busy at all times. If we want to create down time, to make space, we have to actively do so.
Lovely photos! I woke up struggling emotionally today so the brief respite with the photos was very soothing. Thanks!
My pleasure! Its not very often that I take my phone along on a ride, this time I’m glad that I did 🙂
I find that running is a great way to clear my mind. Sometimes I think about nothing at all. Sometimes it’s 5 words from a song over and over again. Sometimes I think very clearly and deeply and discover answers and solutions.
The very same here mate! As a matter of fact, and being fully open with you … I have had this song from the Scorpions -rock you like a hurricane- stuck on a continuous loop in my mind for the past two days. I suppose looking back, falling asleep listening to the “Classic Metal” station on Pandora … It only took one bike ride and walk to forget about it. Well, that is until I just remembered it 😉
Thank you for taking a moment out of this awesome day to stop over – Take care and be well!
Gotta love those spaces, the sweet nothingness…
A minion?! Bahaha! =)
Wide open spaces, indeed 🙂
I read something like this yesterday: when a famous swami was asked why he meditates every day, he said, “so I can see the tiny, beautiful purple flowers that grow along the path.” When we get lost inside our minds (or devices) we miss the small moments of beauty that make up our world.
Stunning photos and great words to live by. While technology is a wonderful thing, it sometimes over satisfies that instant gratification and our natural instinct to always be learning something new. Instant newness at any moment. A new comment, a new email, a new article…ect. Sometimes our minds need rest and time to be in the moment, but we don’t know it.
My apologies for the late response, I truly value your kind thoughts and for taking the time to stop over. May your heart be filled with warmth and kindness – Take care!