Energy. That’s right. You’ll know from the energy feel. It’s the feel of being alive, vibrating, and we may even say its a feeling of excitement. Life is taken to a higher level and sometimes only momentarily, longer if you’re lucky. To understand it, we have to contrast it with the times that we are ‘not’ fully present in the moment. And that is, for most of us, the majority of the time. Anytime we are contemplating the past or future — try it out for yourself through simple self-awareness — the energy is dead or flat. You’ll recognize that dead feel pretty dramatically as you compare it with moments of being fully present. You know how it goes when you’re being fully in the “now”, right?
Time stops and a surreal feeling will likely come upon you as if you have been lifted up and out and set down somewhere else all of a sudden. Everything feels different and appears different and maybe the heart quickens and chills happen. And then you flow with it as if nothing else or no one else exists.
We’ve all had those feelings.
And there are after effects. I think that it’s feeling in harmony and being in the flow of life that is an indicator that we have just been fully present and the residual of that remains with us and out-pictures as flowing with life for minutes, hours or day (s).
Then, we get shifted out of that flow by something that occurs and then our mind will attach, cling, fear, become angry or experience an aversion. Then we’re dead in the water again or not functioning effectively, have been pulled out of the flow and our vibe becomes dead again. We’re not fully alive anymore.
These are my (blog) thoughts about it anyway. I was recently reminded of this during a recent visit from my little (soon to be 2-year-old) granddaughter. The entire time we were together was a peak experience. She was fully present and brought me with her to that place of excitement.
I’m in that peak place during intense exercise workouts in which I am very focused as well as when I’m engaged in a creative project. Moments of awakening that shake us out of our mundane, dead, and routine thoughts or activities, if used correctly, are gifts.
Being on the edge of life is being in the present moment and it comes with that feeling of being fully alive.
Personally, at those times my soul, my psyche goes into a state, which in Zazen, is called shikantaza, a state of heightened concentration, patience, and alertness and this state throws me into a state of flow that lasts for hours or days. Plans change or don’t enter into mind at all and one just becomes totally spontaneous. In describing this recently someone replied, “Oh yes, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Yeah, alrighty then. LOL
I hope this post is found to be, in some way, helpful to the reader.
Sitting Zazen and Considering the Teachings of Dogen
This is about Buddhism and meditation. It’s Super Bowl day and there’s a jazzercise type party on the basketball courts at the gym. I grab for another kleenex. It’s also Family Gameday at my daughter’s house. And the expectorant cough medicine seems to be loosening up chest congestion. A head-chest cold causing a week of missed workouts at the gym is one thing but a forced retreat today when there are places to go, people to see and things to do . . . darn. A need for equanimity and another opportunity presents for practice.
So zazen on the cushion again today on and off when the body tells me to stop and rest, I do so on the meditation cushion Zazen to Shikantaza or Shamatha to Vipassana, whatever — its alert Continue reading