If you asked 22 year old Tiff about meditation and mindfulness, she probably would have stared at you and said “I don’t exactly have time for that.” In the background, her mother would have said “Tiffany’s been high strung since she was 2.” This was a fact until this Tiff sailed past thirty. End of third person monologue.
As a freelancer, I’ve been starting and stopping for the past six years. When I was younger and nearing the end of a project, my heart would race a little. Panic and some sort of crisis would set in. Especially if there was no project on the horizon. These days, I’ve learned that there is always a project on a horizon, even if I can’t see it. Sometimes it’s there whether I want it or not. Or most recently, the thing I needed but didn’t really want. And in the best times it turns out to be the thing I needed and wasn’t necessarily looking for.
What on earth does career anxiety have to do with meditation? Basically, I’ve come to terms with uncertainty. There is no doubt about the help I’ve gotten from my 10 minutes of daily calm.
But sometimes I get my calm from looking at something. Actually that happens quite a bit. Which brings me to these little videos from my favourite minimalist biannual mag, Cereal. They’re so simplistically photographed. And while the soundtrack isn’t quite “fire crackling in the wind” or “babbling crook,” the beat is entirely calming. I could just stare at these and feel my amygdala get smaller. Happy Monday.