SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does being with the magic at this moment mean to you? Can you share a personal experience of a time you were being with the magic? What helps you meditate with your eyes open?
Such magical moments with wild ones have sustained me all my life. These days it is often the very tiny creatures that come to me, insects and spiders are for the most part welcome :) In order to really see them, I must put my face very very close to them and thus control my breath or they will fly/flee. This close appreciation seems kind of like meditating with eyes open. And in a way so does my practice (since May) of sitting outside on the back porch with a lit candle watching the sun rise. Earlier this week, as I stepped outside the door, I had a very magical visitation...a winter wren! So I wrote a haiku to honor the moment.
Fumbling in the dark
Matches in hand I am struck
By the wren's dawn song.
Thank you Steve Karlin for sharing your wild wisdom and thank you Service Space for helping spread Steve's teachings. Namaste.
The wild ones are coming close, very close now. Last evening it was a fox - five feet away. It came up and paused still, I thought it was a coyote. I was startled, he knew I was safe and came closer, walked around a bit, then sat down and we stared into each other's eyes - he had one black ear, black paws and the most exquisite coat and tail....
Nature is the place that I feel most home at and especially now when I meditate. A lot has been going on in my life that is transformative and life-changing. I had been so wrapped up in the place I was working at that I had no time for myself. Then an opportunity presented itself where I could leave and pursue my own business and my life purpose. I have meditated for years, but very little outside. This time I found it a perfect and magical way to connect every morning with nature and do the meditation with my eyes open. It has been amazing and become a regular part of my daily practices. I would suggest it to anyone who is looking for a way to achieve inner peace.
Being with the magic of this moment means being fully present to that moment. It means focusing on the now rather than ruminating about the past or future. I had an amazing experience at Burning Man this year getting caught in a dust storm that was a complete whiteout. I could not even see my own hand in front of my face. It was the perfect opportunity to be 100% present and to just sit and be. I sat down on the sand. I closed my eyes. I listened to the wind and felt the swirling sand as it caressed by skin. I felt the warmth of the sun. I felt the ground beneath my legs and sit bones. I slowed my breathing through my scarf which protected me from breathing in the dust. It was at least 30 minutes, perhaps more. It was never frightening, it was peaceful. It was a moment to just be and relax. I opened my eyes also protected by pink goggles and I watched as the dust swirled into little clouds around me. I watched whirling dirveshes. It was a beautiful experience.
As for meditating with my eyes open, I do this often. I do this when I run and when I ride the bus, just being mindful of the moment and enjoying the passing trees.
Being with the magic of the moment means to be fully in the present. The past and future are imagination, while the present is where life is, and being in the present is being alive. The present is full of surprise, possibility, energy, excitement, life, all of which are magic. The present is where I find my soul, my spiritualness, which is also magic as I am being with power and potential far greater than when I am in times of non present non magic busyness. I've been in the magic of the present with myself, with nature, and with others, and it's a peak experience for me, one that I always want more of. I don't meditate with my eyes open. I can be present and mindful with my eyes open, relating and responding to what is happening, but at this point I keep my eyes closed when I meditate. I'm reminded of Paul Gauguin (sp) saying he keeps his eyes closed in order to see. My eyes closed helps me to be still, tune in, be less distracted, be present. I imagine that when I am very good at meditating with my eyes closed I will find it much easier to meditate with my eyes open.[Hide Full Comment]
I resonate with this! Animals and I did not share a very comfortable relationship till recently - and yet over the last year or so, my comfort and love for animals has really expanded.....I can sense a very primal and pure love and a connection with Life in its rawness....
At the same time, a recent low brought me to the space of what I can 'deep chill'. Deep chill is a space where there is absolutely nothing to do - no pull, no tug, no agenda, no alarm at the end of the hour....just purely and solely sitting with the grief (or whichever experience) that is arising.....
I guess it is easier with grief (other emotions have an action-like quality to them)....
But yes, from a space of deep chill, there is an intimate connection with all of life (extending to plants and even inanimate objects).....Animals were for me a first-step in that way :)