when your mind is empty

yesterday i learned an italian quote that simply defined my day (or personal philosophy).

dolce far niente

which simply means the joy of doing possibly nothing.

i don’t know how many people out there who would actually relate to the quote above but most of the time, i find that we tend to manifold assumptions of any single thing that we do or decide or think about. we tend to make simple things complicated and complicate a quagmire and end up in qualm and misery. i would like to believe that most of the time, things are as it is, with no hidden enigma, nothing too perplexed or mysterious for the human eye and mind. Why must we make things so hard for ourselves when the simple fact is, we do not have to possibly do anything at all and just let life decide/ happen by itself.

oh well, easy for me to say eh?

i understand perfectly well how words can sound really easy, especially when you are not in the same predicament to comment. But i speak from my personal experiences and i’ve been through serious downs in life and bounced up in a rather depressed and sad way up.

my point is, sometimes we take far too many things for granted and we lost the whole point of living life itself.

for example, when you wake up today, how many of you actually find joy in, err… brushing your own teeth? or waking up with sun blazing through the window and actually feel happy about it?

i woke up today with an unexpected house guest, my housemate’s sister’s baby crying her lungs out, and i was actually thankful about that because thanks to that piercing cry, i manage to get my ass up to work before the parking runs out.

(speaking about parking, the building where i park my car is possibly the most expensive shit in KL, and it smells like shit as well since the sewers were spoilt and the refuse were all over the place. last week, the whole basement area was flooded with .. err.. shit and gosh i had no other choice to park at that particular level and my shoes were sorta soaked with *eww* fecal matters which might have been in the sewers for days. =.= and yes, i smell like shit the whole day after that.)

crap aside, try this simple exercise and see if it makes a difference in your daily routines. (yes this is a yoga post :D)

try to empty your mind, everytime before you do anything at all.

FOR EXAMPLE.

before you eat, empty your mind from thoughts. like… gosh this meal is expensive or this better be good. in fact, try to erase all negative thoughts if it ever just crosses your mind. positive ones are a ok, but the best, is still to have a clear, empty mind. With little to no distractions and expectations, you gain more from possibly a plate of peanuts.

TRUST ME. it works. when you are not doing anything far too brain consuming, you will realize the simple pleasures in life comes from actually, well, nothing.

if you dont believe me. here’s another short exercise. it will just take +- 3 minutes :p

if you’re at your workstation now, open up your media player and simply pick one of your favourite/any song. plug in your earphones or anything and just sit there, close your eyes, and just listen to the song, with no thoughts running in your mind.

that 3 minutes where you actually spent time to give yourself a breather, might destress you more than a jog in the park or a big fat juicy pork burger. wtf. but yeah, you get the gist of it.

🙂

qotd

Clear away whatever is in us that prevents us from living in the most full and whole way. We become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious and at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.

with love, peace & harmony

-J

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on a diff note, the dropback backbend and back up (from 2.20 onwards) is my latest achievement 🙂

-J