For many, the flow of stimulus fed to the mind is unceasing. People are constantly following the whim of their desires to fulfill the need of constantly doing something. Regardless of how much stimulus you allocate to yourself throughout the day, little or much, the effects of it can have unexpected repercussions that alter how you behave. With the aid of technology, we can access our interests at a swipe of a finger, so why not scroll through Pinterest, listen to music, or watch our favorite whatever whenever we desire?
For some, the flow of stimuli is like rapid waters that completely consume one’s attention; whereas, for others, stimuli are more like a flowing river or stream, less captivating, but nonetheless diverting focus of the mind from the present moment.
This “doing” state of mind can be damaging to many facets of our existence, such as contentment, happiness, satisfaction, etc. Beyond external activities, the mind tends to always be in a constant flux of thoughts. Our mind rarely has the chance to rest. If we are not thinking about something it is usually because we are wrapped up in external distractions (eg., Netflix, music, comfort foods, etc.) or because we are sleeping.
So, what is wrong with stimulus, and what is wrong with thinking all the time? Well, the more we cram stimulus into our lives the more accustomed we become to experiencing that level of stimulus. Then when we do not have our usual activity levels met we feel bored, discontent, anxious, or unfulfilled.
True satisfaction does not lie in having a drink, watching T.V., smoking a cigarette, spending time with friends or a job well-done, because, in truth, satisfaction comes from within.
At some point in our lives our brain forms patterns that evolve into prerequisites to feeling happiness. Some people form healthy habits, and some form less healthy ones. We decide what things make us happy, but in truth happiness is state that can be cultivated by anything or nothing at all.
Satisfaction can be cultivated by merely existing, and it does not need any external component to fructify. Calming the waters of desire, desire of doing something, and the flow of thoughts that unceasingly stream through our mind is the key to feeling fulfillment in everyday moments without anything external. This simple idea of being in the present moment is easy in theory, but it is extremely difficult in practice depending on a variety of factors. Methods that aid in the process of maximizing the present moment include mindfulness, detachment, balance, meditation, releasing paradigms, and much more! This blog addresses these specific factors that contribute to maximizing the enjoyment out of every moment, without doing anything but living!
The more you learn to be happy without anything, the more fulfilled you will become in everyday life. Simple.