Imagine you have no head. Not like you’ve been decapitated, more as in there’s no distance between you, the rain, your heartbeat and your feet on the pavement.
Normally you’re so trapped in thought that you’re missing life’s vivid experiences. Fully immersing yourself in what’s happening around you brings you back to life. Appreciate the warmth in your hands, the sharp wind, an unexpected stab of anxiety – it’s all so real and most of the time you can’t see it because you’re caught up in your own bullshit.
When you get even the tiniest glimpse of how unlikely and astonishing life is, you’re changed forever.
Open Awareness meditation
This type of meditation asks you to be fully present in each moment. So whatever happens, regardless of your mood, how your body feels or the random thoughts in your head – just notice what there is to notice.
You are the space that all experience happens in. You’re the theatre and the thoughts, sounds and sensations are the play.
Don’t single out any feelings, ideas or objects, just let them be exactly as they are. You’re not curating this experience, or presenting it to yourself: it’s being aware of what’s going on that’s important, whether you have an itchy bum, are delighted to be going on holiday or are hurting to the core with grief or loneliness. Let go and receive whatever is there.
If your attention flickers, steady yourself by focusing on your breath. Then take your awareness wide again.
When you stop thinking about it, the world rushes in and makes itself really clear.
The first time this happens to you can come as a thrilling shock. Like you kinda knew it was all there all along, but you weren’t part of it in a meaningful way.
Open Awareness meditation reminds you that you’re as much a part of nature as the weather, birds, planets and the constantly changing light.
This meditation is a radically different way to experience your life. What else are you going to do before teatime?