May 10, 2016

Do It Like the First Time.

"When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." -Lao Tzu

Hola Chica,

I've got another super simple way to make your life disproportionately better.

I'm on my broken record, but I'mma say it one mo' time--

Inner peace, happiness, love and freedom is yours, right here, right now... you've just been overlooking it.

Think about it.  Or better yet, don't.

Relax. Take 3 deep breaths. In your nose, out your mouth.

In this present moment, there is absolutely nothing wrong.  There is nothing missing.  There is nothing lacking.  There is no sadness, no fear, no worries, no regrets.  Before thought, there's nothing wrong!  In this present moment, where you are right now (not 5 minutes from now or 5 minutes ago), the only thing that can be found is power, presence... peace.

It's a simple idea to get, but most people don't get it, get it.  One way to experience this on some real levels, is to pretend you just touched down on planet Earth.  For the rest of today, do everything as if it was the first time.  Treat each moment like you just arrived.

At your desk, hear the sound of the computer keys under your fingers, feel your butt in the chair, listen to the quiet chatter of your co-workers and the silence that is before, after and surrounding the chatter, smell the lunch smells... for the first time.  How would a baby experience this moment? Be like a baby.

When you're making that triumphant walk from your office to the car, instead of thinking about this or that, look around and be there.  See the parking lot, as if for the first time.  Hear your feet on the gravel, listen to the birds, feel the wind on your face, actually see the sky, watch your car get bigger as you approach.

On your drive (that awfully familiar route) home, be there. Experience the bumps in the road, see the trees going by, the lights, the other drivers... if your eyes meet, smile.  And then, cook dinner (or order some like I do), play with your kids, brush your teeth, #cakecakecake, like it's the first time.  Look at and love on bae like you've never seen him (see him/her without the history, the stories).  Boredom is a state of mind.  Everything, every moment is brand new.  Treat it like the miracle it is.

This 'first time living' will introduce a new level of consciousness, beauty and gratitude into the most mundane activities and your life will be better for it.  You'll actually 'get' what it means to be 'present in the moment'.  Oh and the benefits? Girl. Thank me later.

Later Gator,

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