In the modern society we live in, we are inundated with information. Everywhere we look and everywhere we go, we see, hear, and feel messages that are pulling us in many directions. What if there was a way for us to carve out a moment of peace at will? The practice of mindfulness (and related activities that connect attention, breath, movement, and rhythm such as yoga and martial arts) us reconnect with our unique experience of humanity, reinforce our sense of self, and achieve a state of serenity. The following poem highlights the notion that there is more to the world and ourselves than what our eyes can see, what our ears hear, what our bodies feel, and what our minds think.
What does it mean to be human?
Tis an age old question
Thoughts? Sensations? Feelings? Emotions? Connections? Actions?
We are more than what we think
We are more than our sensations, feelings, and emotions
We are more than who we know
We are more than what we do
We are even more than who we love
Zoom out far enough and you'll see
The threads that bind span sea to sea
What's in between it all?
Perhaps a moment's peace from the seemingly endless squall?
Within each of us is an endless number of possible futures. According to the multiverse theory from quantum physics, each and every decision we make (or not make) births a new diverging path in this labyrinth within. Endlessness can be frightening because it evokes a sense of the unknown. Today, I share with you my own strategy for conquering the labyrinth within.
Look into the mirror and you’ll see
Who you were and who you could be
Forgive your past, you’re wiser than before
Embrace the present, embrace the fore
Save for the future, we know not what awaits
Do your future self a kindness and hone your strongest traits
Walk forward and remember
We are stronger together