Today’s Solutions: January 19, 2022

Given that we are all breathing, it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty good at being. All day, every day, we exist—our hearts beat, our bodies function more or less—without us having to do too much to ensure these processes continue. Yet we suspect that there is some other level of existence we might operate on, another plane of being, where we’re living consciously and cultivating our best selves and maybe even feeling really good. So we exercise and aspire and try things, and that’s right and good. We can improve life with activities. We can also get better at existence by doing less, not making an effort and simply paying more attention to what is already happening. Here’s how to do, or not do, just that. The first step is to become aware of the notion of natural awareness, which is basically a state of effortless meditation where we’re not plagued by thoughts and worries and are fine with whatever’s happening, with “just this.” Next, cultivate practices that enhance it. Meditation may be one of those, but there are other ways of doing it like journaling or walking. The third and final step is embodying that awareness, getting in touch with this underlying sense of self with increasing frequency so that we get better at just being. Just so you know, this is a lifetime process, not something that simply happens. Knowing that takes the pressure off—you’ll never totally master existence and get to a point where you always feel chill. Still, you can actually become more relaxed by deciding to pay more attention and get in touch with the present. If this all sounds too abstract, take a look here for the full story on how to get better at just being.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

The Philippines bans child marriage to help stop child abuse

According to a report issued last year by the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than half a billion girls and women across the globe were married as children, meaning under the age of majority (18). ... Read More

This circular leather alternative is made from algae and peels

As people are increasingly becoming reluctant to use clothes and fashion accessories made out of animal-sourced leather, more and more designers are turning their eyes towards more sustainable and ethical alternatives. One of the latest ... Read More

Rapidly retrofitting old buildings is key for climate goals – Here̵...

Buildings account for about 40 percent of annual global carbon emissions. In order to meet our climate goals, every building on the planet will have to be net-zero by 2050. But since most of the ... Read More

IKEA buys land ravaged by hurricane to transform into forests

The Optimist Daily has shared several stories about the popular Swedish furniture company IKEA and its environmentally friendly initiatives such as its buyback and resell program, its pledge to stop using plastic packaging, its zero-waste ... Read More

This market is tossing “use-by” dates to help curb food waste

The British supermarket Morrisons has decided to remove “use-by” dates on milk packaging by the end of the month in an effort to save millions of pints of milk from being needlessly thrown away each ... Read More

The population of Ugandan tree-climbing lions is growing

One of the only populations of Ishasha tree-climbing lions in the world resides in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). Unfortunately, the population faces numerous threats such as loss of habitat, climate change, and illegal ... Read More