Notice change. All things are constantly shifting. Acknowledging the moments that brought you here today will lead you to appreciation.
This is the passing of time. It’s not scary or sad—it just is. Observing how simple things move through time can ignite in you a lightness never felt before, if you have never spent time doing nothing, just being.
Do what feels right. If doing nothing feels natural, then do nothing. Answers will come on their own accord. Oftentimes, we try to rush or control aspects of our lives that cannot be manipulated.
We experience sadness and frustration when we cannot tailor life to our needs. Instead, slow down. Meditate on what brought you happiness when you were younger.
The past, as we understand it best, exists through memory. Memories are reimagined; they are not fixed and are in no way indicative of the course of one’s life. Because they are mutable, we are able to influence our behavior.
Call upon moments when you felt at ease and contented, whether it was when listening to music in a comfortable chair, or just simply strolling outside to feel the sun, smell the air. Reward and reinforce positive moments by weaving them as a pattern into your everyday life.
Try to stimulate at least one of the five senses, and see where memory takes you. Noticing light is a great way to start.
See how it plays upon your windowpane or highlights the handle of your coffee cup. Our world is shaped by light. Complete and utter darkness is akin to nonexistence.
If you can pick out even the smallest shard of light and imagine how it feels emotionally, the way you relate to the world changes; you will feel selfless and more connected to the objects you might normally take for granted.
When you see into the world, you find beauty, and life becomes less about existing and more about living. Just now I noticed a chip of light on the inside of my ceramic mug.
The light is block-shaped, a welcome accent to the usual crescent shadows. At a closer look, though, I see that the square of light is actually a reflection of my kitchen window, and its curious yellow-blue gleam from the sky and arborvitaes in my backyard.
It’s like a home movie inside my coffee cup; another world or layer to this morning routine. Surprising, unexpected, welcome.
Be a host to simple moments. Welcome them as you would a guest, or someone lost who’s found his way home.