Come to Your Senses II – July 30 2019

Come to Your Senses II – July 30 2019

Mindfulness is a “coming to your senses” that moves closer and closer to the fore, quite spontaneously, when you regularly set aside the time to practice. It allows you to experience the world–calmly and nonjudgmentally–directly through your senses. It gives you a tremendous sense of perspective. You can sense what is important and what is not.

In the long run, mindfulness encourages you to treat yourself and others with compassion. This sense of compassion liberates you from pain and worry, and in their place arises a true sense of happiness that spills over into daily life. it’s not the kind of happiness that gradually dissipates as you become immune to its joys; rather, it’s a flavor that soaks into the very fibers of your being.

Mark Williams and Danny Penman, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World 

Each day, with each moment, we have the option to be in the state of “speculation”–thinking about the past, worrying about the future–or in present moment awareness. What we find as we continue on this path of meditation and study is that speculation leads always, only, to suffering. Nothing ever gets “figured out,” no matter how long or often we think about it. And by going into speculation, we actually are taking ourselves out of the very place–this present moment–from where we gather the information we need to make the choices of our life. Speculation actually takes us out of life. And it is this being out of our life that causes us to suffer. 

The good news? To step out of this suffering requires only that we choose, with each moment, to be here. To be present to our five senses. To be present to each other. To be present to the world. It’s a simple as choosing to do so.

Today I will choose, at least once in the morning and once in the evening, to be absolutely present to my senses, to be absolutely alive in the world. 

Ganesha in the Garden, tintype