Have you ever felt totally lost in the moment? I don’t mean the kind where you set off driving in the car and then suddenly find yourself at your destination with no recollection of the journey in between.
I’m talking about getting totally caught up in the moment, in a really positive, uplifting way, whether deliberately through meditation through to having the best sex you ever had. The feeling of being swept away as you are looking into the eyes of a newborn, or getting lost in the moment at a concert, or the giddy feeling of diving into warm crashing waves, running in the rain, looking out at the awe inspiring view from the highest mountains, or shooting your best score, best time, creating your best piece of work.
If you know the feeling I’m talking about, you know what your own energy feels like when it’s flowing. You know what real connection is. Anything less feels inadequate, and it should.
I know that when I’m browsing Facebook, or checking my emails, over and over, what I am really looking for is connection. At the same time I know I’m not going to find the connection there that I’m looking for. I’m really looking for that flow of energy that is me, that is you, the energy that creates planets, people, animals, everything we can see, touch and feel.
Being lost in the moment is exactly where our radar is set. When your energy flows you feel glorious. You have greater clarity, greater capacity, greater compassion, greater knowing. More than anything, it just feels good.
Yet, here we are in these bodies, these trillions of cells, each its own consciousness, our unique gift being conscious thought. It’s a wonderful gift, in perceiving what we don’t want we can start to create what we do want. But it’s also a peculiarity of humans that we have come to think of ourselves as separate from everything else when it’s just not true.
We come into this world through others, treated in ways that – while not usually deliberate - diminishes our worth (think of well meaning statements that start like “stop…” or “no….” or “what were you thinking?”). These early experiences create our subconscious. For years and years, layer upon layer, we do a really good job of building the case for why we are not worthy.
Then there comes a point where life is simply not working for you the way you want it too, or for some the pain is too much, and you start reading articles like this. Time to shed the layers.
Go about it the hard way or the easy way. The hard way is when you think it’s all down to you, that you have to figure this out, you have to do something. The easy way is to get lost in things you really enjoy, as much of the time as you can, and let the life you want show up.
Most don’t get this easily, unless you suffer a really catastrophic event, because most of us struggle with our conditioning. We have come to believe “if it’s going to be it’s up to me”, yet the orchestration of the many millions of moments, choices and ‘coincidences’ that lie between now and our desires showing up are beyond even the best planning skills.
I could never have predicted my partner showing up on my doorstep nearly 10 years ago, I could never have orchestrated the many moments between the desire for children and the journey to having them, and I could and would never have found my way to the mentor I’ve had this last decade. I was simply in a place of knowing what I didn’t want, and full of hope in finding what I did want.
Right now I’m proudly sticking my head in the sand, getting lost in the moment writing this article because it feels great. Sure I’ll be interested in who reads it afterwards, but even if it’s widely read nothing will feel as good as letting the words flow through to start with.
Instead of flicking through my apps and emails, I start typing, I start connecting with the energy within that is tugging on my sleeve to express what’s within.
When I used to work in my corporate job, my partner would switch off the TV at the end of the evening, I’d stop doing emails and put down my phone. I’d momentarily sink into the silence and feel utterly incomplete, like there was something I still had to do. Little did I know that this was it, that tugging sensation, there were thoughts to be explored, things about life to learn and express.
What tug on your sleeve are you ignoring? How often are you in the flow of your own life? Feeling great? You know that it’s only a decision away, a decision to feel hopeful, to start becoming more aware, tuning in, taking up the many chances and choices around you, letting yourself go and enjoying what life has to offer.
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