SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that being truly present is to have conscious attention? Can you share a story of a time that you felt truly present through conscious attention? What does the practice of conscious attention to yourself mean to you?
Wisdom traditions have taught us how to be free from our self-created and complicated spider web. We want every thing new and instant right on our palms. We as human beings have created high tech and are being allured and captivated by fast connecting, fast moving and fast changing innovative devices. It is my observation and experience that we hardly find time for ourselves and for others to be connected on a deeper level. It is almost like jumping from one branch to another branch of a tree without being rooted. There is an excitement about such swaying at a high price-the price of losing in-depth internal and inter personal connectedness.We need to be mindful of what we are losing by gaining something. We need to be still to contemplate, meditate and reflect and transform.
May we learn and cultivate the art of hastening slowly and mindfully!
Jagdish P Dave
I think what Needleman says is profound. To be truly present is to be consciously bodily attentive to what is happening. To be is to be consciously present, aware in the here and now. I think it is the same as mindfulness, being aware of my thoughts, feelings, actions as I am doing them. Consciously attentive being, or being with awareness, is being in the fullest sense. The less consciously attentive and aware I am, the less is my being. There have been times in meditation that I have been consciously present and attentive to breathing, my body, and my being. There have been times in relationship with another that I have been consciously attentive to what I am experiencing in the moment and processing and utilizing at least some of that in relating to the other. The practice of conscious attention to myself brings a fullness of being that is special. Being without conscious attention is diminished being.