6 Ways to Live Life with Peace and Clarity Every DayNone
With all the struggles of modern life, it's easy to get caught in a whirlwind of stress, worry, or even indifference. In Dr. David Dillard-Wright's new book, A Mindful Day, he shares daily affirmations, meditations, and exercises to help you quiet your body and mind and gain a few moments of peace in your busy day. Here are six to reflect on this week.
Cut Through the Word Cloud
I trace thoughts back to their source. I find no support for them. Thoughts lead only to other thoughts. These thoughts flow through me, but they are not me. I let them come and go, unimpeded.
We live our lives in a cloud of words: little tidbits of the day’s news, habitually recalled memories, plans and schemes for the situation at hand. The word cloud comes to seem more real than the actual reality in front of our faces. We become so habituated to our internal monologues that we hardly notice that they obscure our vision of the present. To reconnect with the present, we have to see through the ready-made filters of language and once again pay attention to reality.
As you close your eyes in meditation, pay attention to the outlines of your body, and allow yourself to settle into the inner darkness. Feel yourself firmly rooted into your seat, and allow energy to move up your spine as you breathe deeply. When you reach the point between your eyebrows, fix your inner gaze here with single-pointed attention. Allow the thoughts to dissolve before the firmness and intention of your one-pointed devotion. Feel the inner space expand to include your surroundings. Know that all things can be represented here within, but be content to sit in darkness and not-knowing. Sit here in the murky darkness until you feel a palpable sense of release.
Take One Thing at a Time
I resolve today to do only one thing at a time to the best of my ability. I resolve to concentrate only on that which is most important. Properly ordering my priorities, my life becomes more peaceful.
We run into problems in life by trying to do too many things at a time. The only important question is, “What do I need to do right now?” Once that question is answered, it only remains to put full concentration onto that task. It becomes so much easier to work when other concerns have been put aside, when all of our powers come to bear on this one thing. Then our physical and mental selves come into alignment with the task at hand, and things progress smoothly.
You have worked hard today, but have you done the exact thing that you needed to do? Have you been able to put your full powers into the task at hand? As you breathe deeply and close your eyes, ask