"Meditation is the process of going inward for guidance. Universally, there are four meditation postures: sitting meditation, which accesses wisdom; lying meditation, which accesses healing and love; standing meditation, which accesses presence, and cultivates our ability to honor our limits and boundaries; and walking or moving meditation, which accesses inner creativity.”
Actor Bill Murray spoke about this recently in an excellent interview with Charlie Rose and shared some interesting and valuable insight on how he has learned to be present. In his words, he made a decision to be “alert and available.” By that he means mindful of what is happening now, and willing to engage with it.
Being “alert” means being open to and aware of what is happening now. This means awareness of your outer and objective surroundings, as well as inner awareness, attentiveness to your subjective environment.
Being “available” means being open and willing to engage with what is going on, inside and outside of you.
Bill Murray gives some practical illustrations of how this kind of mindfulness works for him. He has simplified his life to make time for the present. And he takes action when he is moved to. For example, if he is walking down a street and sees a game of ball on a corner lot, he is known to stop and ask if he can join in. He looks, sees, and if he feels drawn to engage, he does.
Being alert and available is a simple formula for being present. And it promises dividends in the form of reduced anxiety and increased satisfaction with life. It may seem an overwhelming task at times, but you can approach it gently. Begin just by making an intention to be present. This is one case where wishing does help make it so!
Practicing awareness and engagement offers you an avenue for expression: an opportunity to discover and share your self light and creative individuality with the rest of us. As you connect with your self and the world around you, and it connects with you, we each have the occasion grow and share our generative potential.
But first you have to be willing, ready, and available.
Start small, with just one moment: stop, look, listen. Where are you? What do you notice? How do you feel? Then engage, in whatever way moves you.
Smell the roses.
The Bill Murray interview is worth watching. You can find it on Hulu.com or through this link: http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60340546
The documentary "Happy" is available to stream on Netflix, and is a great movie all about what makes humans happy. They interview people from all over the world and talk with experts in 'positive psychology'. It's definitely worth checking out.
Check out Tai Lopez's website www.tailopez.com on "How to Live the Good Life". His blog and book reviews are great, and you can also sign up for his free-ish book and video series on "67 Steps To Getting Anything You Want Out Of Life… Health, Wealth, Love, & Happiness…"
THE ART OF REVOLUTION: DON'T JUST BUILD A BUSINESS, START A REVOLUTION is a PDF created by Jonathan Fields, which he describes as a "Consumer Revolution Framework". It's 66 pages long, but full of awesome ideas and inspiration, and well worth checking out. You can download it here:
Jonathan Fields also has a really great website called The Good Life Project where you can watch video interviews of successful and inspiring entrepreneurs.
This American Life is such a great radio program and you can easily subscribe to and/or download the podcasts to your iPhone for free. Recently they aired one called "It's Not the Product it's the Person" and everyone should listen to it - or at least to the Prologue (Super Business Girl) and Act One (I Got 99 Problems and a Pitch is One of Them) - because the theme is on starting a business, and it's totally inspiring, and educational. You can also see a clip of Super Business Girl on YouTube:
The TEDx Rainier conference is coming up on November 22nd, and the theme this year is The Known and The Unknown. Here's how they describe it:
What do we know about our world? How do we know what we don’t know? The theme of TEDxRainier 2014 is The Known and the Unknown. Our talks will explore knowledge and the lack thereof, going to the edges of what we know and think we know, and beyond.
If you can't make it, they will film it and post the talks on-line.
More info here: http://www.tedxrainier.com/events/tedxrainier-2014/