I am currently enjoying reading ‘Wherever You Go There You Are’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which is all about mindfulness meditation in daily life.The chapter on ‘Voluntary Simplicity,’ really appeals to me, as It seems such a brilliant way to live your life. It means doing less to achieve more, seeing less so you can see more, acquiring less so you can have more! Wow, that’s cool! In a chaotic world, it is about choosing simplicity over complexity so that we live the life we have now, rather than the one we wish will happen tomorrow.
Living a life of simplicity for me, is a bit of a challenge as often its my impulse to ‘just’ make that extra phone call, send that extra email, or check my LinkedIn and Twitter whilst eating my breakfast, and in doing so, blow away any awareness or pleasure of what’s happening in the moment.
I have found that simplicity is achieved through focusing on the small things, helping me to ensure my sensual experience is here and now and my mind does not get lost in the past or future.
My mind doesn’t like thinking small, but loves to think big, especially when it comes to food! A recent visit to Costa Coffee this week highlighted this point. I was looking forward to enjoying a black Americano and quickly, found myself at the front of the queue needing to decide which size cup to choose, Primo, Medio, or Massimo. Cost was not an issue as the price difference was a matter of pence. I don’t know if you have ever experienced a Massimo, but it is like drinking from a bucket, it is a big cup! The pressure of the Barista waiting for my response made me impulsively and ‘annoyingly’ go for value and order a Massimo. It wasn’t until I was a third of the way through my bucket of Americano that I realised that in order to enjoy an experience, the moment cannot be infinite, size does matter.
The next opportunity I have to enjoy a coffee I will be sure not to waste it.
THINK SMALL AND SAVOUR THE MOMENT!