It’s rare that everything and everyone together slows pace, takes pause, and finds time for reflection in perfect syncopation. This time of year has become celebrated as the exception to that rule. The holidays are honored by many as a holy season with reverence to be paid. For others, it’s a chance to unwind and take time away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life to spend time with loved ones. In 2020, it’s become a highly anticipated break and needed distraction from the incredible volatility of the last year.
Regardless of the meaning you find in the season, all together we’ve grown closer this past year through the adversity of shared experiences. Now again we find ourselves relishing in a collective moment to share in some much-needed relief with a chance to reflect. Reflection is a core tenant of learning and growth. It’s through this ability to pause and calm our minds that we’re able to look back on experiences had and lessons learned to make sense of why it all matters in the grander scheme of things.
Science, world religions, and philosophers alike believe there is great impetus in the act of mindfulness. Agreeably it is our best approach for understanding our position, our purpose, and our effect in the world. And on one another. In celebration of each other and for all we’ve individually and collectively been through, this week’s shared content experience is about finding reverence in the act of reflection.
Quite different from any other that we’ve shared, this talk by the late Alan Watts is a foray into the space between. It is meant to be a moment of mindful reflection that incites your own perspective to stretch in exploration of your beliefs about the present moment and your position within it. However these philosophies land upon you, this is the time of year for peaceable pause and thoughtful introspection. We encourage you to take ten minutes out of your day to watch the video linked above and allow yourself a distraction-free moment to connect with yourself and live in the present.
With great gratitude, we wish you joy and happiness this holiday season.
“Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal, for the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever….”
– Alan Watts
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