Sunday, April 19, 2015

Letters to a young man 37

One of the best things you can do right now to improve your life, no matter where you are or what you're doing is simple.

Stop.

Look around.

Listen.

Do this in silence. Take everything in. Let everything around you become more present to your mind.

You may be at work, sitting in a cubicle, with noise all around you. Or on a crowded subway car, holding your wife's hand with your nose dangerously close to the stinking armpit of a man half asleep. Or in a beautiful park, or on a mountain.

Regardless of where you are, simply stop and take things in, without judgment.

As a Christian, I believe in God and so I believe that this experience brings me closer to God and allows the Holy Spirit to enter me without my pushing myself outward onto things.

But even if you don't believe these things, stopping, looking around, and listening will improve your life. It allows you to put aside anxieties, plans, and whatever isn't going on right at the moment. It allows you to truly feel and be human, when much of the time you may feel like an inhuman robot rushing from thing to thing.

Returning to the basic awareness of life and what is around you is a great step to returning to your humanity and to be more fully who you are.

Stop.

Look around.

Listen.

Embrace life.