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November 21, 2013

How We Can (Spontaneously) Wake Up Our Minds to the Present Moment.


The Dalai Lama said that views are a wonderful way to remind ourselves of our life’s dream-like nature. Here’s a simple tip on how to enjoy our daily life, how to live it more fully, and even be better at work and love…without hardly trying.

Look to Nature: Views of the outdoors are spiritually-important.

The Dalai Lama said views help us remember that life is but a dream—they pop us out of our solidity and remind us of the dream-like, wondrous nature of reality.

In Buddhism, beautiful views are considered sacred: for in their perspective they remind us of our hearts, our inspiration, of what’s important.

Remember the view:

In Buddhism, beautiful views are considered spiritually important, even sacred: for in their perspective they remind us of our hearts, our inspiration, of what’s important. They dissolve small mind, everyday depression and spark ideas and insight. They (quickly) wake up our minds to the present moment. Views help us remember that life is but a dream—they pop us out of our solidity and remind us of the dream-like, wondrous nature of reality.

Every morning when I bicycle downtown, I see a beautiful view of the Rocky mountain Flatirons. They look like old fashioned irons. They’re these huge rock faces, and in winter they’re covered in white. They’re beautiful. And they wake up, they expand my mind from my petty little problems, or my big little problems, to appreciating the cool fresh air and being alive and my feelings of hunger or busy-ness, or wherever I’m at.

Views of the outdoors, elegant architecture—anything simple, and vast, and awesome—pop us out of our sleep and remind us of the dreamlike kind of wondrous nature of so-called reality.

People want to be connected with nature. And that instinct isn’t some hippie environmentalist thing. Views actually help us work better. When we’re continually popped out of your small mind in the same way.hey help us to be a better family person or a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Offices that are dog-friendly are a third more productive. And, perhaps, that’s because they’re a third happier, more connected. A similar thing happens when we see a tree outside our window, or a yellow moon over the mountain, or rolling forests, or a vast plain with rising clouds, or a silver, cool creek rippling down the valley. Whenever we can connect with a dog, or a beautiful view, or our breath through exercise or meditation, we are popped out of our neurosis, our habitual minds, and can simply be. Look to nature. Remember the view.

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