Achieve an improved quality of life by appreciating the beauty of the world.
by Guest Author
To have a clear perspective on just about anything, I must
wait a long minute. I have to linger, allowing things to settle
a bit, allowing the world to wrap gently around my soul. To
have any kind of perspective on things, I must take time to
breathe, just breathe, lost in speechless thought. I must
invite the world to dance, as it deems fit, without my
— Karyn D. Kedar
in Our Dance with God (p. 71)
Taking our hands off the controls and pausing lets us clearly
see the wants and fears that drive us. We become conscious
of how the feeling that something is missing or wrong keeps
us leaning into the future. We can continue our futile attempt
to manage our experience, or we can meet our vulnerability
with the wisdom of what I call “radical acceptance.”
— Tara Brach
Most people think carefully about moving, changing careers,
and getting married. . . . They look at these choices as important
because they know they are not everyday choices, yet other
choices are even more important, and you make them each
moment. The most important choices you make are the choices
about how you see yourself, the Universe, and your relationship
to the Universe.
— Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
in The Mind of The Soul
About seventy-two thousand times a day, you have a thought. Researchers have discovered that the time between an impulse and a response is half a second. Being aware during that brief interlude can add another half a second — giving you a full second to think about it: to not instinctively react; to not say something that you almost instantly will regret. That one second can make a dramatic difference in how you see the world . . . and how the world sees you. It all depends on what you do; and so much of what you do depends upon how you see.
As a writer, poet, editor, and noted chronicler of American Buddhism, Rick Fields once wrote this: When we pay attention, whatever we are doing – whether it be cooking, cleaning or making love – is transformed. . . . We begin to notice details
and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper,
and at the same time more spacious”.
You can’t see the whole sky through a bamboo tube.
— Japanese Proverb
How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
— Bob Dylan
Look up for a minute once or twice every day. We see the world for the most part at eye level – everything and anything is within six or seven feet of the ground. That can be suffocating. Even if it’s just when you’re walking across the parking lot or going out to get the mail, pause for a moment. Take a deep breath, look up at the sky, and try to soak up a little bit of the majesty of the universe. Put your trials and tribulations in perspective. As the iconic Zen master Yogi Berra once said, you can observe a lot by just watching.
Author Bio: Alan Zoldan is a freelance copywriter (www.a2z-micromarketing), joke writer and just plain writer “with a crowded mind” who lives in Wesley Hills, NY. In 2018, Alan published his first book, It Was Funny When I Wrote It: 518 of My Funniest Tweets.
Photo by Anika Huizinga