July 4


Today's quotation:

One does not need to fast for days and meditate for hours at a time to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us.  All one need do is to notice intelligently, if even for a brief moment, a blossoming tree, a forest flooded with autumn colors, an infant smiling.

Simon Greenberg

Today's Meditation:

One of the most constant themes of Living Life Fully-- of quotations, articles, poems, and everything else that we use on the site-- is that of awareness.  I know that it's a recurring theme because it's one of the most important aspects of our lives-- without awareness, just who or what are we?

You see, this world is a beautiful place.  Each day we're surrounded by beauty that is always there for us, always accessible and always true to itself.  This is a richness that we all have that not all of us actually see or take advantage of, and that's tragic.  Rather than open our eyes to the beauty of all things, we tend to focus on the ugly and the bad, in a large part due to what we're given in the news media, which tends to focus on such things.

The effect of this focus on us should be obvious.  What goes in, of course, is what affects our mindsets most strongly.  If I can focus on the beautiful, my mind will constantly be thinking of and appreciating beauty.  If I focus on the bad and the ugly, that's where my mind will be.

Is it any wonder, then, that we feel so bad about life, about ourselves, and about other people?

The world gives us much beauty, and if we can make that beauty our strongest focus, guess where our minds will be most of the time?  And guess how we'll feel most of the time if our minds are on beautiful thoughts?

Questions to consider:

Are your thoughts usually focused on the beautiful things in the world?

What benefits would we bring to ourselves if we were to notice consistently the beautiful and mysterious things of life?

Why do we tend either to ignore such things or take them for granted?

For further thought:

Awareness means the capacity to see a coffee pot and hear birds sing in one's own way and not the way one was taught.

Eric Berne

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