Have you guys been to LAX lately and seen the new art installations? At first I was taken aback because it seemed like an unfit environment as everyone is constantly moving and rarely “stops to smell the roses.” But then I realized in a way it is the most perfect place as art can soothe, heal, astonish, and distract and those are rarely the feelings being felt in an airport. I stumbled across the Tathatā exhibit near the United terminals during my past couple of trips. It definitely caught my eyes being a yogi and seeing sanskrit. I know some sanskrit from my yoga practice and spiritual study, but I’d never heard of Tathatā. I figured that means a lot of others haven’t heard of it and it’s such a beautiful concept.
Below is the blurb from LAX’s website about Randall Von Bloomberg’s exhibit
“Tathata is a Sanskrit word that expresses the profound awareness and appreciation of reality within each single moment of life. Tathata is often revealed in the seemingly mundane, such as observing the sun illuminating an asphalt road, or noticing the blowing wind along a grassy parkway.Try right now to become fully aware and appreciate something in the moment. Maybe it is even the ability to feel your head ache. Or the ability to hold an iPhone and read. Appreciating the little stuff translates into the big stuff.
Reflect upon a time when you felt the utter sensation of being alive. Maybe it was out in nature like the artist of the exhibit Van Bloomberg. Or maybe it occurs when you exchange a glance with someone you love.
I sat in traffic for over an hour and the found myself making dinner with my sister. There was this moment where I was stirring her veggies and she was cutting more for me because I kept eating her carrots as we talked to my mom on speaker phone and we communicated through giving looks. I remember just being. Being in the moment with no motive or thinking about my day at work or the night ahead of me, but with this little light of awareness and appreciation of sharing the time and space with my sister. It was a short fleeting moment that could easily be missed.
Cultivating more awareness and appreciation can only lead to more. I am going to use this concept to help guide me with my spiritual practice so it can continue to occur more in my everyday life without effort.
What mundane/fleeting experiences do you find a profound sense of presence?
The sound of the teapot humming, the sleepy look and bedhead your partner rocks on saturday morning? Or the beauty of your mind to be able to reflect, how you feel when stretching your legs and arms first thing morning, the smell of fresh-brewed coffee?
There’s No Better Time Than Now,