Finding peace no matter what

Something remarkable just happened. I was sitting out on the balcony sipping a glass of wine and observing a completely peaceful scene — still waters, crickets, the last of the setting sun — but I wasn’t peaceful inside. I was thinking disturbing thoughts about things that had happened today, and generalized that to sad thoughts about life and the world in general. So I was sitting there contemplating all of this and feeling not at all peaceful, when it came to me that what I needed to do was to be in the now. As I began to think about what was in front of me, right now, the worries began to dissolve. I simply looked at what was in front of me, really looked … at the lake, at the ripples in the lake, at the few wisps of cloud, at the screen and the frame of the screening on the balcony … and quite suddenly, peace came over me. I changed my focus literally in a heartbeat.

What does this mean?

It means I can change my focus, just like that. It wasn’t a matter of pushing the thoughts aside, it was simply a matter of truly seeing what was in front of me right now. I was (and am) still having the worrisome thoughts but they are not overwhelming me anymore.



One comment

  1. […] For me, it all started with a simple little bit of accidental mindfulness. It was quite by accident one day, some eight or nine years ago, that I was having a bad day and sat down for a bit of a break and just really looked at what was in front of me, and found it calming (I wrote about it at the time, here). […]

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