In this increasingly digital world that demands and wins our consistent attention, it is challenging to acknowledge and embrace the real world and all of its wonder. We fail to live in the moment, unimpressed by anything that doesn’t exist as a result of electric synapses. The miracles staring us in the face are blurred, out of focus behind our glowing screens, written off as mundane or expected.
We are hypnotized by glowing screens while life is happening immediately but undetected in the background. We write off these simplicities as normal but within life’s simplicities are the greatest miracles, waiting to thrill those who take the time to notice them.
When you take pause, marinating in these ordinary circumstances, you find an entire world worth noticing.
How to slow down & appreciate the little things
Frame your mind
Become easily amused. We tend to fade the familiar, treating the stable background like white noise. But don’t dull the value of the ordinary simply because you’re accustomed to it. Because then you deprive yourself of a unique experience within a common template.
Within each ordinary framework is a detail completely unique to this one instance. You haven’t seen it all. Sure you may have seen flowers bloom and birds chirp, but in that pervasive experience, there is uniqueness in each isolated occurrence. Do not become numb to life’s commonalities.
Bask in the idiosyncratic, the dissimilarities that come as result of a world that never stagnates- a background that serves as an ever changing foundation to the wellsprings of life. Even if the scenario is the same, you are not. You are never not a second older than you were just a moment ago. You are constantly in a state of growth. You can re-approach the same conditions and receive a completely new observation.
If you can approach the ordinary with awakened senses and a renewed appetite for wonder, you will find that nothing is, in fact, ordinary.
Go on a digital detox
I am not going to pretend like I am not just as attached to my devices as my zombie peers, so you will not hear me touting some cold turkey method of Amish living.
The digital access we have is no doubt a privilege and it is full of its own merits. But it is definitely one of those items that should be consumed in conscious moderation. You don’t have to punish yourself a week—if you can go on complete hiatus, more power to you—but try to at least reserve a space or a time in which devices are not allowed. Maybe the dinner table is a digital free-zone. Or maybe one hour before sleeping and after waking, the phone stays on airplane mode. Just find a space that is personal and feasible to you and empty it of a wifi connection.
Make it a part of your routine
Engage your mind with simplicity in the same way you do with brushing your teeth or getting lunch. Set triggers that allow your mind to easily and fluidly call your active brain into this new context of simplicity and slow living.
If you regularly gulp down your coffee before you shower, try to enjoy it instead on the balcony to watch the dew sparkling in the new light, listen to the morning breeze tousle the leaves, or a watch a sleepy city roar to life. If you like to walk to the corner store for lunch, relish the afternoon light dancing between tree branches or the nuances of fellow lunch-goers who are hustling to and fro with their own automated lives.
Start your day with this new mental framework
Start your day with meditation. Try to ease into your mornings rather than rushing through them and thrusting yourself immediately into cruise control. If you give yourself time to thoughtfully approach your morning, to savor each moment, you will find your mind will be conditioned to savor and digest the consecutive moments of your day. Contrarily, if you opt to kick your brainwaves into overdrive, speeding through your morning because you snoozed your alarm 6 times, your whole day will be a blur.
End your day with this new mental framework
End your day with reflection. Before you go to bed review your day—acknowledge those statement moments, whether small or large and apply gratitude to both.