The Practice of Stillness
On a recent trip to north western California, at a place called Mt Shasta I became conscious of stillness. I was sitting in a forest of Red Fir trees meditating and became aware of the energy of stillness emanating from the trees.
It was like the trees were showing me how to “Be”. These graceful trees were so balanced and stable in their energies – it was so present, that the stillness emitted a sound.
I learnt a lot about being still in an open, non-attached way. No thoughts, just total acceptance of being with all my surrounds in allowance and presence. To me, it was a deeper experience of mindfulness that I had never experienced before. I experienced communion with the Fir trees and was ‘at one’ with them.
I have been blessed in my life to have had numerous self-realisation experiences and awakenings which gave me a direct experience of connectedness, but this was a new experience all together. It was not a case of feeling connected to them, it was more like they were showing me how to achieve consciousness in action throughout my life.
Through this experience, I realised how unconscious most people are throughout their day-to-day lives. I realised that we miss the moment, and more importantly, what is in it. When we are conscious in the moment, we are experiencing what is real, as opposed to what the mind wishes to manufacture.
If we a busy in the mind planning tomorrow, worrying about the past or future, we deprive ourselves of what is now. By being still and present, we allow ourselves to live life authentically. To directly experience our truth and experiences in each moment. This conscious experience revitalises, empowers, and awakens our life in a very powerful and divine way, leading to a total state of contentment.
The practice of stillness is the practice of total allowance. Being present without judgement of self, others, experience, and the environment. Being present with all that you become aware of in each moment. Sitting in communion with life and its experiences.
With stillness and presence comes non-restriction. When we are allowing of all that we become aware of, we cease to resist our lives, thereby freeing ourselves from the conditioning of the mind. We set ourselves free from dogma, and the structure of lack. We cease to experience “wrong” and live fulfilled.
Fear, and all negative states of experience are no longer judged, resisted, or attached to. Even if these energies appear in our moment, we stay present with them in a non-judgemental and allowing way – it is not wrong, as all experience is the exact one your soul wants. There is never a need to judge, and try to resist or change any experience. In so doing, you are depriving your soul the experience it wants.
Try taking the time sometime today to just sit and be present with the moment. To really observe what is present with you. There is much more happening right now then you realise.
If you are not present with the moment, you are missing out on the joy of it. Each moment of your life is joyful and positive if you are in allowance with it. When you don’t judge, resist, or attach, you are fully conscious.
Being conscious is always positive and uplifting experience.
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