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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lao Tzu: Be Still--Stop Trying to Control Your Life

Photographer: Sean Royce
Just Bee

'How are you living? As the summer months creep closer and closer, reflect on your most subtle habit to try and force, push and control the beauty of the present moment. Allow yourself to experience life without trying to make life happen. Perhaps, as you are ever-changing within the depths of a perceptive stillness, you discover you are an in-progress precious work of art.'
From the Rebelle Society

Artist: Susan J Meyerott
Just Bee

Experience life without trying to make it happen

Sometimes when our life picks up speed--and chaos and uncertainty loom large--that is the very time we need to slow it down and just 'sit in it'. 

Learn to: 

  • Give yourself timeout from focusing on your 'all important' future--a focus that keeps your anxiety level high and you on constant fear-danger alert. 
  • Allow yourself to relax to enjoy where you are and what you have now. This is your time to experience your blessings--not count them.

Photographer: Sean Royce
Be Still

Allow yourself worry-free moments of wonder

Stop pushing, pushing, pushing.

  • Take a walk to enjoy the beauty in nature. Stop pushing yourself to pick up speed to get your heart rate up so you can hurry up and get back to work to make it through another day.
  • Make a photo journal of your discoveries. Take a camera with you to capture in-the-moment treasures to help you stay present as you look for gems in your environment that tickle your curiosity. 
  • Seek ways to waste your time creating delicious meals to share with family and friends. Let your creativity and taste buds lead you on a journey to slow you down and enhance your social life. 
  • Enjoy that cup of coffee or tea outside while listening to the hum of the birds and bees and the soft rustle of trees while doing nothing. Stop pushing yourself to be productive.

'Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you'. Lao Tzu

Sean Royce enjoys lingering with Rosie

Be a Lollygagger

'By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try the world is beyond the winning'. Lao Tzu

To put more in to life and get more out--you must allow yourself times of quiet when you practice doing nothing purposeful. 

Strive to be a lollygagger--a person who understands the importance of enjoying life's lingering moments. 

  • Practice the art of wasting your time and puttering aimlessly. 
  • Learn to regularly slip times in your life to dawdle, dally, dillydally, linger, shilly-shally, tarry--and smile.

Your love of life is rekindled in times of stillness, and in turn your sense of purpose is revealed. If your life has felt frenetic and scattered of late, take time to rekindle that fire of purpose. Slow down to enjoy those moments of stillness.

Artist: Susan J Meyerott
Be Still--Open Your Heart to Your Dreams

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Jean | Delightful Repast said...

This is exactly what I needed to read today, Sue! "Experience life without trying to make it happen." "Give yourself a timeout from focusing on your future, a focus that keeps your anxiety level high and you on constant fear-danger alert."

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Well, Jean, that makes two of us. Lightarted Living is a way for me to center myself and peek into the little issues I need to pay attention to. I am always scanning the environment for little tidbits that tickle my curiosity and bring home a message I need to hear. I enjoy sharing it with others in case it strikes a chord with them. No matter has a way of happening....