Each moment is a gift made possible because we are incarnated. Thus, incarnation is a gift; one that we, in our higher nature, deliberately chose, orchestrated, put in motion, and keep vital each day that we are alive. To contemplate this life as a gift, each moment within it as a gift, each person, event, circumstance, joy and challenge as a gift is time well spent.
Because we are incarnated, we can learn, give, evolve consciously, and increasingly live from the excellences and qualities that are innate, that are what we are. Contemplations and meditations such as this support the integration of these qualities into each moment of living and being. Through this, not only is our day made better and positive karma produced, but simultaneously the world, one’s family, one’s workplace, one’s emails and communications are made better. All are benefited and gifted as we realize each moment and person as a gift.
While we are training, Awareness seems to require and/or be a delicate balance. Not of anything in particular, just delicate and just balance itself. Balance has the connotation of neutral, impartial; and that is so as we adjust in meditation training from acting upon our thoughts to non-action. Action can be to chase a thought, analyze, cogitate, ruminate, contemplate, or to reject, push away, be frustrated with, or titillated by a thought. Classic meditation training encourages and then requires that the practitioner do none of the above. Just let thoughts come and go. We do not own them anyway, nor are they a part of our self.
This inner posture and attitude is a delicate one. Engaged but not clutching, aware but not thinking about anything, present through the senses but not using the senses as validation of doing. In time, the senses will no longer be used to validate one’s existence because, at some point, the sensorial experience shifts to the non-substantial nature of physicality (its quantum nature or empty nature).
We complete “step 2” in this experiment with a four step method of meditation.