For those who don’t know, I am notorious for my inability to sit still. (We have a video of me as a toddler, and before my parents had finished counting to ‘one’ I was bouncing around again). But I am happy to say that one of the things I have fallen in love with this year – amazingly – is meditation.
When I was meditating a few months ago, two words struck me:
They are two feelings I used to think were important, but had never practice consciously. So I decided to drop into feeling compassion and awe for everything and everyone around me, everyday.
It was mind-blowing.
To be compassionate, I needed to drop into empathy. To feel awe; wonder. And when I focused on looking at the people, situations, and environment around me with empathy and wonder, I found myself falling in love with and being grateful for it all.
I mean wow! Have you really looked at a cobweb recently? Such an intricate patten spun by this tiny (and sometimes not so tiny) creature. And at our train system? It’s so complex and involves so much cooperation and communication between so many people. And have you noticed how many people there are who want to make the world a better place? And how many amazing charities exist? And have you thought about how cool your spoon is? I mean it’s the perfect design to carry your delicious (in my case) yoghurt and muesli to your mouth, no spills. It was invented thousands of years ago, yet still impacts us today, everyday. And don’t get me started on the stars!!
For me practicing compassion and awe has been far more effective than any gratitude journal or morning routine… It’s impacted the way I see the world in such a subtle, beautiful, and powerful way.