UKIYO- ‘The Floating World’. How beautiful.
This Japanese word is something that I seek to embrace daily. Often I can feel myself getting pulled into life’s stories.
“Will this venture work out?”
“What if no one turns up to my event?”
“Why did I say that?”
“How will I find the time to get all of this done?”
Do you find there are times when you get pulled into the expectations of life, the gossipping stories, the fear of the unknown? When I feel this occurring I come back to my base. This is where I ‘float’, in this blissful moment called NOW. In this moment, when there are only my 5 senses, what I see, taste, touch, hear and smell, a simplicity exists. Life slows down, and I find myself floating effortlessly. Peace arrives and bliss prevails.
To master the art of ukiyo I recommend two things:
- Mindfulness: the act of being aware of the content of the mind and having authority over those thoughts, selectively choosing where your mind goes.
- Meditation: the act of sitting in stillness daily using either a mantra or focus on the breath to still the mind.
Our minds are becoming busier and busier with today’s flood of information. Last night at our group meditation session I asked a few people why they wanted to learn to meditate. Most of them said to help remove the static of all the thoughts so they could think more clearly and to slow life down.
The challenge with this, as one woman said, is where do we find the time to meditate daily? It’s a great question. How we allocate actions to our time is all a preference. We all have 24 hours in our day and those 24 hours comprise of 3 blocks of 20 minutes in each hour. Which gives us 72 blocks of 20 minutes to seek fulfilment with your actions. TV, work, Facebook, gym, sleep, eating, personal hygiene, making love, reading, etc etc. Why do we do it all? To be fulfilled. So if your current actions aren’t delivering fulfilment to you, then make some adjustments. Tweak your day a bit. Once I set aside 2 out of 72 blocks of 20 minutes to meditate, my entire world changed for the better.
Over time, I began to master ukiyo. It’s still a work in progress mind you. See how you go, after reading this, sit for a few moments and take in the world around you through your 5 senses.
What do you taste?
What do you feel?
What do you smell?
What do you hear?
What do you see?
Let go of needing to be somewhere, be someone or do something. Just BE.
You will notice you will be calmer, you will sleep better, you will have more energy, and you will think more clearly and creatively. Over stimulation of the mind leads to over-stimulation of the body. Your body is a complex web of moving parts and intelligence and it requires optimal conditions to function optimally. Restfulness is where our body’s restore balance and health is achieved. By practicing ukiyo daily, you will be improving the conditions for your body to achieve optimal health. Sounds incredibly simple doesn’t it? Maybe it is…
After all, we are human BEings, not a human DOings yeh? What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this below…
*Gratitude to Daniel Dalton for the graphic and inspiration.