A Contemplative Life

We get our emotions all worked up into a frenzy.

Maybe because we are too busy. We are rushing here. Rushing there. Picking up; dropping off. Seeing this; shopping for that.

We do much; accomplish little.

Get angry about political or social issues. Either think everyone is out to get us; or we cannot understand those few who disagree with us.

Every statistic of life shows great improvement over life in the past. Yet, politicians and the media tell us we are worse off–and we cede reality to their hype and believe them.





We could


For as little as 5 minutes twice a day.

We could slowly control our breathing.

We could slowly pause and remember God (no matter how you define God).

We could contemplate wisdom and the spiritual life.

The result would be that we would become a calmer, more accepting, more loving, people.

Disagree? OK.

But with love? Of course.

Breathe in through the nose and count to 4.

Hold your breath and count 7 at the same pace.

Exhale through the mouth and count 8 at the same pace.


After four repetitions, you’ll feel much better.

2 Responses to “A Contemplative Life”

  1. Emily Wilson Says:

    Good advice. I totally agree that we are bombarded by negative so called news that tells us we are worse off. Scott Adams has said the business model of the media companies depends on getting us upset and angry. I try to ignore as much of it a I can. And, yes, politicians are only self serving–they spend all their time pandering and expressing fake emotions while doing no constructive legislative work.

    • Gary Mintchell Says:

      Oh, for the days when they could work within their differences and do things for the common good.

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