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The Little & the Big things in Life. A Story of Wonder & Awe
A piece of free writing:
When was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses? Literally.
When was the last time you looked up to the sky and marveled at it? No words, no mental chatter, no thought about it.
How long has it been since you really tasted your food? No Netflix, no conversation, no rush. Just the act of eating and you.
I can go on and give plenty of examples like this. Why? Because Life is made of these so called "little" things, fleeting moments, ephemeral experiences that arrive but never come back. Even if someone drinks tea every morning for years the experience is never exactly the same. Recognizing the uniqueness of each moment is a loving reminder from Life to us. To seize every second of every day, to acknowledge the inevitability of change, to live in awe and childlike curiosity because; living can only be done a moment at a time and once that moment is gone there's no way to get it back. On the same token as long as we are alive there's always the possibility to start anew, to stop and smell the roses and be fully present while drinking our morning tea or coffee or whatever. Present and responsive, alive and aware in every moment. Seems so difficult due to our programing and our eternal rush towards the next thing, the one that never comes because when we arrive we've already moved onto the next thing continuing this process until our life is wasted away. The bright side is that the more we are present to our immediate reality the more we can come back to recognize it and respond from that sense of newness.
I want to clarify something, this is pure experience and until you see that yourself it won't make much logical sense to you and it might even sound a little "out there" however you can try it at any moment with any action, object, situation or whatsoever else you can perceive with your senses, just shift the lens. First see things as you normally do, with the preconceived notion that you "know" and you will have a certain experience, then shift and see it as if you were seeing it for the first time, or as if you were a small child and notice what happens. I can assure you that if its done "right" (without the interference of the mind telling you how stupid this is or whatever else) then you will notice it immediately, the experience is completely transformed into something really new and (at least for a brief moment) time disappears. You're so totally absorbed into what reality is showing you in the moment that there isn't space for thinking, no past no future.
There's also a practical use to this which I will just touch on briefly.
By constantly inviting curiosity and awe the brain is able to reframe, deprogram and unlearn default patterns thus creating new neural pathways that improve the thinking process allowing us to limit the constriction of cognitive and confirmation biases. In other terms it allows us to keep a fresh outlook to the World around us, to ourselves, it promotes flexible thinking, creativity and empathy (now that we're not entirely convinced that our perception is the only one viable).
Lastly, I invite you to practice this as often as possible. Start simple and be playful, allow yourself a little time each day to play around with it and notice how (gradually and seamlessly) you are able to incorporate these new ability more often and in places where you normally wouldn't think possible (At work for example) and continue to observe curiously what happens, I'm confident you'll find it not only very enjoyable but also tremendously helpful.
Life is not made of big moments, life is made the littlest moments that when compounded give the illusion of time but remember there isn't such a thing we live eternally in the present moment and once this moment is gone is gone forever. Reflect upon this and don't rationalize it, instead live it. Fully, totally, present.
Love, Milan P.