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.
You know the experience when everything just feels right? You know it when you are there. We sometimes find ourselves there after meditation or when we are fully engaged in something we love. When I find that place in me I describe it as feeling connected and whole. I feel at ease in my body. There is no struggle there or churning emotions. There is simply awareness and ease. From this point I feel that I can speak my truth and I am kind and loving all at the same time. There is no effort. I am open and listening at the same time. For me being able to stay in this relaxed simple place of awareness and ease (I say ease rather grace because of it’s religious overtones) is my goal. To entirely live from this place is what I want to do. In sports it is called being in the zone. Eckart Tolle calls it sitting in the silence. I call it heart centered awareness, because that discription helps prompt me into being there. For me the doorway into this space seems to be dropping my attention down into my heart and then looking out from behind my eyes while holding that connection to my heart. To me it is a way of being and a way of life.
There is a well know expression “The journey is the destination.” This also points to what I am talking about. Just as in music or in dance, the goal is not to get to the end of the song or dance, but to experience the emotion, meaning and joy of its expression. So if you want to experience the dance of life, drop into this space. From this heart centered space expression and creativity arise. From here insights emerge, but it is really our effort to sit with an openness and the willingness to let go of everything and not know anything that allows these creative thoughts to spring forth. For me there is much more to express when I am in this zone and what comes out just feels real, honest and true. Sometimes I want to get up and do something different because it is so hard to maintain, because in truth it requires an act of attention to maintain this zone of awareness. Sometimes it’s hard not to fall asleep because there is so much relaxation there. But ultimately this is the place to be. This is home. This is really what we all are looking for even if we can’t tolerate it sometimes. Even if we are impatient, or need to have some stimulation. Moving in and out of this space is the journey. Coming back home again and again. Finding our peace again and again. This is our journey.
So even if you want to get up and scream about it, it’s okay. It’s okay to let it go and come back to it later. The truth is, it is where we are all headed because it is where we are all from. It is the space or consciousness we all share. In that peaceful stillness we can acknowledge that there is no where to go and no thing to do other than to allow ourselves more and interesting ways to help us access and live in this wonderful space I call heart centered awareness. The space where there is nothing to gain and nothing to loose, and there is just life to experience and savor in all its glory and creative abundance regardless of our so called “difficulties.” We can be home whenever we choose to be. So let’s make the choice more often.
How do you feel right now? Are you tight, tense, spaced out, foggy, or relaxed, soft, and energized ? Know how you feel. It is your guidance system for navigating in the world. We often don’t like the way we feel so we eat something, or drink something or watch something. The truth is, how we feel is essential to our mental and physical health and the success of whatever we do. To be truly and happily engaged in our lives we must be willing to feel what is happening in our own bodies and if necessary work to positively release, reorganize, or surrender to what is happening within us. Staying with that good feeling is an art that we must practice daily. How do we stay connected to that yummy place where we feel inspired and alive? How do we walk down that good path and not slip into all the gooey, yucky feelings that are swirling around us? Coming back to our heart and simply allowing ourselves to be buoyed up by the energy of life, is an essential step, but how do we do that? Do we take a walk in the woods? Do we do yoga or exercise? Do we meditate or watch something inspirational? Do we eat some healthy food, get a good night’s sleep, or play with the dog? Or maybe we just take a moment, step out of what we are doing, tune in, and let the energy pick us back up. It really can be that simple. Of course all these are good ways of reconnecting, but actually taking the time to do it is the real practice. ” How does my body feel and what do I need right now to reconnect or maintain my connection to the life force? Doing this is true self care. Take a few moments here and there to do this and watch how your world changes.