Meditation practice is profound in its simplicity. Sit down, give yourself time and quietude for a chosen period of time, and simply engage the essence of the moment. This is the choice to do a sitting rather than the rehash that goes on in the mind.
To engage the “essence of the moment” requires
- the subtlety that the five physical senses as well as the intuitive sense provides.
- With practice (i.e. repetition),
- openness to what already is present but usually not noticed or dismissed,
- and genuineness toward the process and oneself,
- meditation training and practice will awaken one to the fullness that already is.
The fact is that learning to meditate literally awakens one to what already is present in one and around one. As the subtle yet vibrantly present qualities of people, environments, and events are noticed, we feel like we’ve woken up to layers of meaning, harmony, and an understanding of causes. The feeling of victim or powerlessness starts to fade as a result. A practitioner stops looking for what he or she feels is missing, and instead begins to realize the ever-present fullness of one’s life and relationships (challenging as some of that might be).
Interlude is the opportunity in The Practice of Living Awareness to take notice and hang out in the qualities or sensations that one is noticing. As such, Interlude is a necessary step in learning to meditate as well as perfecting one’s practice. Interlude always awakens us to the more that is right now.
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