I started reading an interesting book on meditation by John Kabat-Zinn. It is called “Wherever you go, there you are: mindfulness meditation in everyday”. It is a simple guide on how to introduce breath-focused mindfulness meditation into a busy daily life. Every chapter has a “TRY THIS” section. One of them read:
The next time you feel a sense of dissatisfaction, of something being missing or not quite right, turn inward just as an experiment. See if you can capture the energy of that very moment. Instead of picking up a magazine or going to the movies, calling a friend or reaching for something to eat or acting up in one way or another, make a place for yourself. Sit down and enter into your breathing, if only for a few minutes. Don’t look for anything – neither flowers nor a beautiful view. Don’t extol the virtues of anything or condemn the inadequacy of anything. Don’t even think to yourself, “I am going inward now.” Just sit. Reside at the center of the world. Let things be as they are.
It is such a precious advice and a very powerful practice! Just “being” in the present moment seems like a lost art in our world. Find a moment during this long weekend to try this exercise and let me know how it goes! I did it this morning and feel very at-peace with myself:).