Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Magic of Basic Things
There are two neuroscientists, Drs. Tanzai and Chopra, who are writing and speaking to us a lot lately about mindfulness. They teach the importance of meditation, among other things. It is amazing but when you get right down to it, what they are teaching is just the basic thing of being still and breathing. There are many times in life when it is important to make sure the little basic things are right. Like closing the door against the cold. Like making sure your car is in the right gear. Like making sure your have shoes on before you go out in the snow. It seems that a lot of magic can be drawn to us by simply looking at and focusing on what is right in front of our face. In fact, the panic we feel when we are in need of flow and zing, or magic, often comes from having our focus split off in unproductive ways. So I say to all wise magicians out there, look for the basic and simple. Endow it with magic and see if joy doesn't come to you. The simple technique of taking a good fact and giving it a good feeling which you then internalize is one way of doing this. As I write this I can look out at the sunrise that is just starting. Just a basic everyday thing. But so profound and wonderful. Allow awareness of basic things to come to you and enjoy the magic that will come with this awareness. May the spark be with you.