Be Where You AreJan 09, 2006
The world is an illusion. We are all one, and yet our individuality drives us to experience the duality of this realm alone. There is no final destination or end game in this life; it's just a game - but you can choose your attitude while playing it.
Be present where you are, take responsibility for your thoughts and actions, know that nothing will ever go wrong if you get out of its way.
You can be fearlessly happy when there is nowhere to go but here because here will always be enough...
Learn how to bring presence into the world. If you practice meditation, these methods will be a good extension of your mindfulness practice. If you don't meditate, this will be a good introduction to what meditation is and can be used for.
Thich Nat Han talks about doing the dishes mindfully rather than with a busy mind. He also discussed eating mindfully and spending hours eating an orange.
Untrained minds will have difficulty being where they are.
Anchors are things that remind us to bring our attention back to the present moment. They remind us to wake up. Anchors are things like: Waiting in traffic, waiting in line, eating, doing the dishes, vacuuming, etc.
There is a lot of wisdom in this practice. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be more present or has trouble feeling grounded and calm.
If you're looking for an introduction into the world of meditation, consider using Anchors as tools to help you. It's never too late to start making small changes that will have big impacts on how you experience life.
If we don't learn how to be contented where we are, we will never learn to be contented at all.
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