Let’s face it; life is complicated at the best of times. We are all in the same boat when it comes to trying to juggle our individual lives, much less dealing with the outside influences that tend to complicate things even further. What would happen, do you think, if everyone took a few minutes, several times a day, and on a regular basis, to just step back and take a look at the broader picture, our particular place in the grand scheme of things? Would it help us to balance our lives better, or just make us realize how much more complicated we tend to make our lives when we don’t have to? If more people could allow themselves to just stop every once in a while and temporarily remove themselves from the daily equation, they might just catch a glimpse of how the world does go on, despite removing themselves from it. Sometimes we don’t realize how much we think we need to manage things when what we really need to do is just allow life to proceed with a lot less of “us” and a lot more of just being there.
Recently there were some stories on the evening news regarding how attached many people are to their electronic devices, whether smart phones, pads, etc. that they forget to actually be there for the person sitting across from them. Think about what would happen if people suddenly just put away, turned off, tuned out from those electronics for even an hour and just “were” with each other. Suddenly, you would have removed your “self” from the electronic grid, and at some point, once you’ve realized the world is still turning and that “you” don’t have to be there for it to happen, you might begin to experience a sense of freedom, a feeling of not being obligated to read and answer every “tweet” or email.
Do yourself a favor. First, take a deep breath, breathe out, then turn off your cell phone, pad, computer, or what have you. Second, sit quietly and watch the world continue. Do this for at least 30 minutes twice a day for a week, and notice how it makes you feel. You may be very surprised by the results. Peace