“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu
Life is not ordinary. If it ever seems like it is… it is our perception of life that makes it so. When our mind is racing at the speed of light, and everything is passing us by in a blur, it is no wonder that we fail to see all the beauty around us. What Lao is telling us here is that life becomes extraordinary when we take the time to still our minds.
How I perceive life is a lot like driving through the countryside. If I drive fast, it becomes rather difficult to see things out the side of the car. People, trees, animals, signs–everything seems to pass by in a blur. The only thing that I can truly focus on is the road straight ahead. If I slow down, however, I am able to take in much more of the world around me. I notice the life–perhaps there are cows grazing in a pasture or orchard trees full of fruit. Perhaps I see the sun and shadows chasing the plethora of colors across the countryside. And if I am passing through the city, maybe I notice the children laughing and playing in their yards. Ultimately, the more I am able to slow down, the more memorable the entire trip becomes.
Let your mind be still. The universe is an extraordinary place. And it is only when we learn to slow down and relax, that we become fully aware of the beauty and wonder in this world.
Take a few minutes to relax your mind; try to experience everyday with a calm stillness.
Questions to consider:
Do you take time each day to still your mind? What are the potential benefits of doing so?
What things in your life seem ordinary? What things seem extraordinary?
How often do you focus on the positive in your life? On the negative?
For further thought:
“As you take a few minutes each day to quiet your mind, you will discover a nice benefit: your everyday, “ordinary” life will begin to seem far more extraordinary. Little things that previously went unnoticed will begin to please you. You’ll be more easily satisfied, and happier all around. Rather than focusing on what’s wrong with your life, you’ll find yourself thinking about and more fully enjoying what’s right with your life. The world won’t change, but your perception of it will. You’ll start to notice the little acts of kindness and caring from other people rather than the negativity and anger.” – Jack Canfield