These days there is much talk about being in the moment or being mindful. For me, this is really about taking your full attention and moving it into what you are experiencing right now. It is simply about allowing your attention to be fully engaged in what is happening and what you are doing or experiencing without analyzing or conceptualizing it. This often happens when we practice Reiki. We are simply being. But for me what really enriches the experience is including an awareness of my heart as I observe and experience. When you move into this kind of awareness you are not judging yourself or anyone else. You are simply experiencing what is happening and participating in a positive way. Being focused in this way moves you beyond worrying about how you look, how you feel, or even what you think. It causes you to move beyond conceptions of who you think you are and allows you to simply interact in the world and be free from your own expectations or the expectations of others.
What is happening right now is ever changing, ever expanding, and ever transforming. It is never the same moment to moment. It is always different, and yet we try to hold onto our conceptions or feelings about of what has happened. If something good happens we try to hold onto that and make it happen again. If something bad happens we try to hold on to that and try to keep it from happening again. The truth is that we cannot control reality that way. We must keep moving forward. We must keep riding the wave adjusting to the new way things are in the unfolding now. We even try to hold onto our conceptions of ourselves. I am this way and you are that way. How limiting! We think,”Oh, I understand reality”, but in reality none of that is true. We are simply pure consciousness experiencing life, and that experience is always different. Our egos like to act as if they are all important and need to be preserved or in charge at all costs, but there is really nothing to preserve or protect. They are just created mind structure for being in the world. I personally like the idea of being nothing but pure consciousness. When I connect to that part of me, it helps me let go of all the things I can get hung up on. In reality I cannot be hurt by words or insults. I may not agree with what is being said but in reality it does not hurt me, and although what is said may be in conflict with my conception of who I am, it does not affect the core of who I am. From that realization there is nothing that I need to react against. There is nothing I need to defend. My body may need protection from physical attack, but my ego certainly does not need protection because in truth it is just an illusion surrounding my true undefilable self. As we learn to act from this realization that we are pure consciousness, the ego can begin to rest. We can feel more at peace and safer in the world emotionally. Peace is the result of this shift in consciousness and is the true reward of being in the moment. For when we are in that awareness we have access to more than just our little selves. We have access to the wisdom and guidance of our true selves- the pure consciousness that we are. The place where we all come from – our true home- if only we trust it, we can experience it, and thrive in it.