The Art Of Contentment
written by: Shawntelle Moncy
I think that the time someone sets aside for their peace of mind says a lot about a person.
Too often do I hear people complain day to day about how stressful their lives are, for all sorts of different reasons. And yet, I don’t see anyone making a change in order to lessen that stress.
Maybe they think it’ll solve itself, maybe they think they’re hopeless. Or maybe it’s because stress has quite literally become a habit of mankind.
You see, when you continually complain and talk about your stressful life, you just feed off that negative energy, you expect that it’s already there and will be for a long time, so of course it will be.
I challenge you to take a simple ten minutes out of your day, whether before bed or in the morning, to practice meditation. Too often do people cast aside activities they may not understand, it seems people are scared by silence and peace of mind, as if they’re scared to end their habits, they don’t know how to not somehow complain, it’s like cracking your knuckles every day. We’re constantly thinking of our problems, our past or futures; we’re thinking about what we plan on doing next, after reading this post and what you have planned next week, probably the next time you work. I am still working towards fixing this mindset.
I challenge you to sit down, lay down, whatever makes you feel comfortable and practice the art of contentment. Meditation is an art of contentment with yourself and drawing energy from mother earth into the very energy within you. Though you don’t need to believe the beliefs of Buddhism to benefit from their practices.
As you settle your mind down and you sit there, alone, undisturbed and completely quiet, there you are. Every struggle and stress in your life settles, nothing else exists or matters besides this silence and this your well-being.
Keep in mind that you must be open to change and able to allow it into your spirit, this is not a mindset that you can fake.
I used to think all day about what I had to do at 4 p.m., think about dinner plans before dinner, think about what happened yesterday, about whether I should do the dishes now or wait until after lunch, if I should write right now or later tonight with a cup of tea.
Meditation has allowed my life to stand still for a while. For time to go by slowly without the stressful rush of the mind; time to soak in every second fully and truly appreciate the little moments life is made of.
I urge you to light a candle or two and challenge your mind to stand still for a while; practice being content in that moment for a while, accept that everything is as it is and begin to focus on the overlooked wonders such as your very own breathing and heart beating, and become more intact with your higher self.
When you achieve full meditation, it will appear obvious to you. You will feel at peace, without a thought in your mind, you are utterly in that moment and no place else, restricted by no boundaries of the physical self, but are letting your spirit free.
Currently, in America the attention paid to our spirit is lacking, the initial belief in the spirit is also lacking. People have trouble believing something that they don’t already understand and so refuse it completely, many people dislike change.
With practicing meditation, I have realized that I don’t need to stress out about the bills I can’t pay, the negativity around me or any problems at all, because outside of material things, my body is fine, in this present moment I hear my breath and I am fine, I am alive; everything else is as it is and the universe will figure all the tiny details out.
I will attach some guided meditations at the bottom of this page that are perfect for beginners that I used in my early stages of meditation as well.
With love <3