Seeking the Now
Do you take a few moments each day to be fully present?
by Successful Aging in Action! | 11.27.19
By: Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH
Internationally known spiritual advisor Eckhart Tolle reminds us that, "We are not our minds." Our mental wanderings prevent us from being present in this moment, where life is lived and where joy resides.
Perhaps, even as you read this, your mind is leaping about the jungle of your consciousness. I'm getting tired. I have to go to the store and pick up bread. Didn't I read that somewhere else? What's that noise? Boy, am I hungry. And on and on it goes. We all experience this. Yet, it has become so routine that we don't see it as an affliction. Still, we seek respite from this chattering, because in those moments of awareness without thought lies what we all seek ... spiritual fulfillment, peace and joy. Buddhists call this No Mind.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor describes in her book, My Stroke of Insight, her experience with a stroke that essentially shut down her left brain - the center of our incessant chattering mind. While she was functioning with the right side of her brain, she experienced what she describes as pure joy, connection with all things in the world, a liberation, a euphoria she called Nirvana. As a neuroanatomist, she understands what happened to her and explains how each of us can actually choose where our consciousness spends its time. We can choose the right side of our brain and experience the joy of freedom from our incessant chattering minds; choose to be "in the moment" if only for a short period. These are the moments of spiritual fulfillment, of spiritual health, of aging successfully.
TIP: seek out an activity where you can become completely in the moment. My artist friends find their sense of "No Mind" when they are painting; but some other ideas include meditation, yoga, a walk in nature, playing a musical instrument or even simply watching a sunset. You'll be amazed at how you feel.
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