We can stay open to these moments of change by simply being aware of them. Right now, just stop and take a deep breath. As you breath out, just notice how your body feels, the chair you are sitting on, and the room you are in. That’s all. It only takes an instant to be in the present.
Contrary to common belief, it can be immensely liberating to have nothing going on, to discover that the whole universe is contained in this moment. To realize that nothing more is required of us than to just be aware and present. What a relief! Finally, we can experience this reality just as it is, without expectation, prejudice, or longing, or without the desire for something to be different. This invites a deep sense of completion, that there really is nowhere else we need to be or go. It is impossible to think of somewhere else as being better as the grass is vividly green exactly where we are. Someone once asked Ed if he had ever experienced another dimension. He replied, “Have you experienced this one?”
Meditating In the Moment
When we meditate by simply watching the flow of the breath, it naturally brings us into the present. The breath is just breathing, and yet it is never the same, each breath is completely different to the last one. You can silently repeat, “I am here, I am now, I am present! I am here, I am now, I am present!”
Practice: Being and Breathing Meditation
Sit comfortably with your back straight, hands are in your lap, eyes are closed. Spend a few minutes settling your body, being aware of the room around you and the chair you are sitting on.
Now bring your focus to your breathing, just watch the natural movement of air as you breathe in and out. Silently repeat, “Breathing in, Breathing out.”
Stay with watching your breath. If your mind starts to drift just see your thoughts as birds in the sky and watch them fly away. Then come back to the breath.
Anytime you get distracted, bored, or stressed, just come back to the breath, to this moment now. Silently repeat, “I am here, I am now, I am present! I am here, I am now, I am present!”
You can do this for a few minutes or as long as you like. When you are ready, take a deep breath and let it go, open your eyes, and move gently.
What keeps you from being here and now? Do comment below.