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From LOLs to Lots of Love — a moment of tranquility

A few weeks ago, I joined a group that practices mindfulness meditation. I have always been mesmerized by the calming effect of this ancient practice, but this was the first time I actually shared that experience while others were present. 

I should note here that the word “shared” should not be taken literally. Let’s be honest, there is not much sharing that takes place between people who spend most of the time with their eyes tightly closed. 

Coincidentally, later that evening at a dinner party, I noticed that every single guest, regardless of age and gender — including yours truly — transported themselves into another realm of existence simply by scrolling up and down the screens of their mobile devices. 

That’s when I wondered if there was any correlation between meditation and surfing the net. 

Wait, I’ve got to stop right here.  

I might’ve committed an unforgivable sin by comparing the jingle of a smartphone to the sacred melody of the singing bowls. And that’s a no-no. 

But here is the thing. As I observed, I became more and more intrigued by the fact that, even when surrounded with familiar faces and seemingly having a good time, we suddenly disengaged ourselves from people around us and found solitude in an activity that led us to a moment of tranquility. 

I am hardly qualified to prove if either meditation or a casual posting of a selfie on Instagram would be the right path to achieving inner peace. 

The moral of my story is that it is up to you how you find your inner peace — whether by climbing Mount Everest or by playing a game of Candy Crush Saga — as long as you return from that mental hike filled with lots of LOLs, which according to the social parlance stands for lots-of-laughter, but here I mean lots of love. Yes, lots and lots of love toward the people around you and toward people around the world.

 

Varoujan Froundjian is graphic designer, Photoshop artist, writer, cartoonist, information technology expert and drives a limousine for local livery. He can be reached at varoujanfroindjian@gmail.com. He might still be awake.