Sekadar Bahagia

Selama 7 hari ke depan,
Setiap harinya,
Lakukan paling sedikit 5 hal yang menyenangkan.

Gambar oleh Jill Wellington dari Pixabay

Tidak perlu berupa sesuatu yang extra-ordinary (luar biasa),
Tidak harus hal yang sama setiap harinya.

Mulai dari bernyanyi keras-keras sesuka hati,
Makan snack kesukaan ditemani teh atau kopi hangat,
Nonton komedi ringan sebelum tidur,
Membuat origami, menggambar, atau main monopoli.

Amati rasa yang muncul,
Amati pikiran yang hadir,

Lakukan ini benar-benar selama 7 hari berturut-turut, Tidak peduli sedang sesibuk apa pun,

Tidak peduli sedang seburuk atau sebaik apa pun hari itu.

Bahagia,
tidakkah sesederhana itu?

Duduk Bersama Perasaan

Gambar oleh Gino Crescoli dari Pixabay

Duduklah dengan nyaman, seperti ketika berlatih Duduk Diam.

Jika ingin, latihan ini boleh dimulai dengan merasakan napas atau merasakan tubuh seperti yang biasa kita lakukan dalam Duduk Bersama Napas dan Duduk Bersama Tubuh.

Dalam batin kita, banyak perasaan yang muncul dari saat ke saat. Kali ini, kita akan berlatih duduk bersama dengan perasaan.

Sadari perasaan apa pun yang muncul—rasa kesal, sedih, bahagia, khawatir, pegal, tenang, bosan, mengantuk, atau rasa apa pun. Rasa dapat bersifat fisik atau yang terasa dalam tubuh, ataupun bersifat mental atau yang muncul di dalam batin.

Sadari semuanya:

  • Tanpa menolak, tanpa judging (menilai)
  • Tidak larut, tidak terbawa perasaan
  • Tidak juga menganalisa

Coba sadari juga:

  • Jika ada pikiran yang muncul mendahului ataupun mengikuti perasaan yang sedang disadari.
  • Momen kesadaran yang sangat singkat ketika batin sedang menyadari perasaan

Setiap kali sadar bahwa baru saja terbawa perasaan, tidak harus langsung kembali pada napas ataupun tubuh, lanjutkan menyadari perasaan yang muncul selanjutnya.

Jika sedang banyak sekali perasaan yang muncul sehingga sulit untuk tidak terbawa, biasanya akan membantu untuk menarik beberapa napas dalam dan mengeluarkannya dengan perlahan. Lalu, kita bisa berdiam bersama napas, atau tubuh selama beberapa waktu, sebelum kembali berdiam bersama perasaan.

Lakukan setiap hari selama 5 menit, atau selama yang dapat dilakukan, meskipun jika yang dapat dilakukan adalah 1 menit atau 10 menit.

No Longer Lazy Busy

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.
~ Mark Black

Gambar oleh Pasja1000 dari Pixabay

What comes to the mind when we hear the word – relaxing? Perhaps a very nice and comfortable laid-back setting where you are enjoying yourself, enjoying massage, on holiday, or staying late in bed doing nothing.

Admittedly, many of us have one or few or many of those moments where we were thinking about tasks we are procrastinating by staying late in bed doing nothing (while doing many things in our head, without getting anything done); or reading our emails during holiday instead of fully enjoying it.

Indeed, the word relaxing has that lazy, non-productive connotation to it that we tend to want it, and simultaneously, feel guilty about doing it. Many of us perhaps also have had at least one episode of being off work sick, intending to get some rest at home, but not unwell enough to not keep on thinking about things we should be doing at work (and try to do a little bit of the works here and there too!), instead of fully resting. I for one, had more than one of those.

While Oxford dictionary defines relaxing as “a way of resting and enjoying yourself; time spent resting and enjoying yourself”, it also defines the word as “the state of feeling calm and not anxious or worried”.

For the purpose of this discussion, we will refer to the second definition, which highlights the absence of anxiety and worry. So, it does not have anything to do with the activities. It is actually about the state of mind.

By this definition, we should be able to say that we are actually relaxing almost all the time, should we not? Yes, we can be worry and anxious about many things, but definitely not most of the time, right? Most of the ordinary moments of the day are actually relaxing – no anxiety, no worry.

Is that really so?

Let us have a look at what we notice in mindfulness practices. Herein, we discover that body and breaths tangibly display the state of the mind. A relaxed body that represents a fully relaxed mind is a body that is free from any unnecessary tensions, that is, tensions in all muscles, joints, connective tissues, in any part of the body.

It is important to mention that tensions are not inherently bad. They are necessary for the limbs and organs to perform their functions. Specific to the skeletal muscles, contractions are required for us to move around and lift things. Contractions may also be necessary for us to protect and defend ourselves from danger.

What usually happen is that we continue to contract the muscles when no actions are required and no self-defence is necessary. One example of this occasion is when we are reading texts and emails. When we observe ourselves close and often enough, we will find that there are usually, to a certain extent, tensions in the eyebrow centre, eyeballs, jaws, and shoulders while doing the simple act of reading. Some of us may even be holding our breaths.  All these physical tensions affect the mind, declining the relaxing state in which we were all to be.

Here is where regular mindfulness practice comes handy. When we train our mind to be mindful of our body, moment to moment, we are able to be aware of the tensions as soon as it is developing, not after it is being ingrained and affects our whole state of being, which in turn affects our actions and speech. The awareness, in and of itself, is liberating. The moment we are aware that we are not relaxing, we start to be more relax. We may not be able to relax completely yet, but being a tiny bit more relax is a good place to start.

At the end of the day, mindfulness practices would enable us to relax regardless of activities. We can become fully occupied and yet so relaxed that the mind is clear and luminous. We no longer busy looking for ways and places to relax, trying to escape from the worry and anxiety, only to bring the worries and anxieties with us.

No longer are we lazy busy, because the source of relaxation is always here and now, within.

Within you, there is stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
~ Hermann Hesse

Metode & Non-Metode

Gambar oleh Tim Mossholder dan Matt Hardy dari Unsplash

Pada suatu momen,
kita bertujuan,
kita bersikap objektif,
kita mengukur,
kita membandingkan untuk memilih satu,
karenanya logika dibutuhkan.
Inilah Metode.

Di momen yang lain,
kita tak bertujuan,
kita bersikap subjektif,
kita merasa,
kita menyandingkan dan memilih beberapa,
karenanya intuisi diperlukan.
Inilah Non-Metode.

Metode dan Non-Metode adalah paradoks
Seperti bertentangan,
namun sejatinya saling melengkapi,
dan perlu dijalani sekaligus,
dalam Berkesadaran.

Metode dan Non-Metode tidak lagi relevan,
ketika batin tidak lagi menanggapi,
ketika Sadar.

Kebiasaan dan Ketidakbiasaan

Gambar oleh Joshua Earle dari Unsplash

Kebisaan berawal dari kebiasaan.
Ketidakbisaan berakhir dari menjalani ketidakbiasaan.

Biasa dan tidak biasa perlu dialami.

Biasa dapat memanjakan,
sebagaimana tidak biasa dapat menakutkan.

Biasa dapat melenakan,
sebagaimana tidak biasa dapat menggelisahkan.

Orang yang perlu membiasakan,
perlu melepaskan kemahirannya,
dan mendaki jalan ketidakbiasaan,
menuju kondisi dan situasi baru,
yang memang serba tak tentu.

Berkesadaran mengajak kita untuk
biasa akan hal yang tidak biasa,
dan tidak biasa akan hal yang biasa.

Kita berlatih dan berserah,
belajar tanpa menggenggam,
melalukan dengan peduli,
dengan tekun berupaya,
sekaligus tenteram berserah.

Karena mahir adalah persepsi,
sebagaimana bakat juga ilusi.

Semuanya hadir,
lahir dari keselarasan,
dalam Berkesadaran.