The daily struggle of life is to make it large, make it happening, make it cool and somehow making it extraordinary which takes away the pleasure away from the simple ordinary things. Have you ever thought that sometimes ordinary is the extraordinary? I have seen my mom and grandmother just like any other homemaker simply enjoying the act of cooking food, cleaning and decorating the house, watering the plants and doing routine chores. There was always a question in my mind, are these women content with their life or are they simply living in the moment?! The answer is both. They are simply living in the moment, and that is why they are content with their lives. What a beautiful way of living! A very few people have mastered the art of enjoying simple moments.
You can live an extraordinary life in an ordinary life.
It is very rare when you become one in a moment. The moment when you forget about your worries, chaos, and thoughts. Usually, when this happen, you are engaged in an uncomplicated activity such as watching a sunset, ocean, a beautiful view or listening to music. These ordinary moments become extraordinary because you were present in them. Hence, your presence in the moments makes them extraordinary not your truancy.
Let me write it in simple words; the whole idea is to do your action completely enjoying it. That is what I call meditation, absorbing your senses in your action. Dance is as much a form of meditation as sitting in a samadhi. Whenever you feel one with the moment, you feel fulfilled and alive. These moments happen every day in our life; you do not need to pack your bags and go in search for them. You must have heard people saying that they love their work, so it does not feel like work to them. It becomes their passion.
Do what you love doing, extraordinary will come wrapped in many ordinary things to you.
William Martin, author of The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents has given us an exceptional piece of counsel;
“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets, and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
I hope you enjoyed reading this ordinary article and I wish it has brought you close to your extraordinary life. Love and Sunshine. Keep Feeling Buddhaful.