Launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment
What do Paul McCartney, George Lucas, Jennifer Lopez and Bill Gates all have in common? They all practice mindfulness daily. It’s no news, mindfulness is a growing phenomenon around the world, but for good reason. The data is in: meditation can actually help the brain stay younger. More than that, practicing mindfulness and becoming more present has a whole string of positive side effects.
Mindfulness is a way to stay calm and aware, acknowledge and accept our true feelings, notice our thoughts, and the sensations in our body. When I am being mindful, I am able to listen to my intuition more and act accordingly. The more I speculate and worry, the more anxiety I feel. When we get trapped in making plans without executing them, or fail to embrace spontaneity, we can often wind up strung out and miserable if we fail to reach our goals. And having unfulfilled dreams is one of the main catalysts for unnecessary anxiety and depression.
This is what happens when we obsess with the future, or mourn our past failures—we become torn between two intangible points in time: one that is written, and one that is unknowable.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
I especially like the line, “find your eternity in each moment.” It really paints an image of a deep sea of mindfulness. When we become fully aware of the now, our focus changes. We become more connected to the world around us, more present in our lives, with people, and are able to engage in activities and projects that we might normally postpone.
doesn’t stop there, he points out that by getting stuck in too much planning we jeopardise the moment:
“Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
When we become more mindful positive things can happen
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- isn’t about spontaneous unconscious ‘The Psychology of the Transference act of creating unconsciously allows a person to heal trauma, from wounded archetype to healer. Furthermore, spontaneous art, such as painting or free writing, can act as a mirror for repressed emotions such as shame, anger, or grief, etc, and can actually improve mental health, as it releases dopamine and helps focus and calm the mind, much like meditation.
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- We can push through out fears. When we use mindfulness we are able to see our fears for what they are. It’s a bit like holding a photograph up to a magnifying glass – we are able to see it in more detail, and to learn that most of our fears are irrational and have nothing to do with our present self, our now self.
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We live in a world full of constant information, and it’s no wonder we feel overloaded. That ol’ saying, “Keeping Up with the Joneses” no longer holds any meaning, because for most of us it’s simply impossible to keep up. And yet so many of us try, and often succumb to anxiety in our age of online approval – a phenomenon that social media companies have taken full advantage of. But true self development doesn’t come from Twitter or Facebook, or seeking external attention — it comes from quieting your mind amidst a sea of noise. It comes from knowing you’re OK, and that what you’re doing is enough. It is why so many people return to books such as Walden by Henry David Thoreau, because deep down we actually want more peace, and to feel more connected with this moment in time, and the natural world around us.