Meditation & The Art of Simply Being

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While road tripping for a week in the sweaty Summer heat of the Australian Outback, I finally arrived at the Indiana ocean and just had to take a dip in this beautiful cool water. After swimming out to this rock in the ocean, I found the moment too perfect, too beautiful to do anything other than... just... be.

Some moments, it seems like the universe is just begging you to slow down and take notice of the infinite beauty all around you... this was one of those moments.

In this social media saturated, multitasking, go, go, go attitude of our modern society, we've forgotten how to just unplug and immerse ourselves in the present moment, in the beauty of life, and in the authenticity of ourself. We've forgotten how to be alive, we've forgotten who we are, because we're always distracted.

We've forgotten how to just slow down... and be. 

This kind of always plugged in and always connected culture is taking a toll on our lives and the only way to remedy it is to get away from it all and just... unplug from the distractions and listen to the subtle sound of our own heart.

When we quiet our minds, our heart speaks, and it speaks loudly. 

So, I sat out on this rock in the Indian Ocean, crossed my legs, closed my eyes, and watched my breath. For anyone who has practiced Zen in any real capacity, you quickly realize how interesting and beautiful the simple act of breathing is. Overtime, as I noticed my breathing match perfectly with the rhythm of the waves around me, Alan Watt’s timeless words spoke to my subconscious, “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” 

How powerfully liberating and humbling this thought was for me in this moment. 

What path is your heart begging to guide you down? Are you full and engaged with life right now, or are you going through the motions, being distracted by trivialities, doing what others say you should be doing? Isn't it time you begin living in alignment with who you truly are?

Take 15 minutes right now, no distractions, no phone, no music, no journal, and just... be.

Through contemplative stillness,
we are able turn away from everyday clamor
and are allowed to hear the subtle sound of our own authentic self.

When you free yourself of society's expectations,
you are liberated to become who you are meant to be.

Onward and Upward,


Travis Barton