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October 03, 2016

So much of our lives are processed automatically and unthinkingly – what we do, what we see, how we react and indeed how we make sense of what is happening to us - hour by hour, minute by minute. And if it was not so and we lived lives where we were aware of everything that was happening – well that would be overwhelming. And we can well imagine the consequences – of chaos and complete shutdown.

So what we are doing is presuming and not really seeing. How could it be otherwise – to trust and have faith?

by Sophia Yasmeen

    Over the years I have learned to cultivate joy instead of fear and sorrow in my thoughts. I now can apply this technique in most things that I do in everyday life regardless where I am at work or at home. This begs the question of how do we bring joy into our ordinary everyday tasks? We think we have to wait until we win the lottery or live in a big house and earn a big salary. Nothing could be further from the truth. The excitement we will experience from these will not last long. Real happiness comes from somewhere else; it arises in the ordinary moments in everyday things. I now notice things in the most casual moments that I never did before. In the east side of London, it showered heavily all morning today. My daughter asked to give her a lift to the mall. The streets were jammed and as we were sitting in the car waiting, the rain stopped, I suddenly noticed the mild, pouring down sunlight on the refreshing green grass on the side of the road. I felt an instant seizure of happiness embraced me. It was effortless, without a struggle. I felt almost as if I was floating. There was no vision or anything extraordinary but only a sudden awareness of all thing in the world. It was a gift for me from the divine. I looked at it as a child might see with wonder and delight. I had no complaint about the jam, the urgency vanished, and there was no separation between me and the rest of the world. I became one with the totality.

    When we slow down and put our mind and bodies at ease and pay attention to each ordinary task, we invite love; we invite happiness. I am not in the running for a grand prize and national recognition for my incredible capacity to drive. I am just dropping off my daughter at the mall. Meditation in daily life can remove inner turbulence and replace it with peace, love and harmony. It helps us to become more accepting, being sincere and respectful to everything that constitutes the experiences of an average or ordinary life.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

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