I have this vision of myself, standing on a cliff in Ireland. The waves crashing below, the storm clouds rolling in and the wind swirling around me. I put my arms out and for a long moment, I am completely experiencing. The sounds, the feelings, the energy, the emotions. I know no past and I don’t care about the future, I am completely submerged in the moment. Call it a meditation or a daydream. I use this vision quite often.
Every day we are viewing experiences. Watching other people’s lives on television or on our phones. Driving somewhere and watching the buildings and trees go by. These are all experiences, yes, but experiences that we are viewing rather than actually experiencing. It’s a subtle difference but all the difference it makes.
In the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert writes about driving in car and having the windshield completely block you from the experience versus driving on a motorcycle and actually being able to experience the drive, the wind, the sunshine, the rain. It’s the perfect analogy for experience versus viewing the experience.
Where in your life can you start to fully experience, be fully in the moment. Multitasking is great, but it completely voids you of the moment. Wash dishes, and only wash dishes. Go to the gym and leave you phone in the locker. Be completely there. It’s so simple, but so rewarding.
Lots of Love,