These words get over-used and thrown around a lot, when I think there's a lot of good behind them. What meaning do they have for you?
Here's another way I live with mindfulness, awareness and joy in life.
Watching the Perseid Meteor Shower
August 11, 2018
With a strong west wind, Wenatchee will be clear and breezy tonight. Since age 21, I have watched the Perseid Meteor Shower each August. The best viewing time is two hours before sunrise.
I usually watch from midnight to 1:30 a.m. and call it a night.
On a paved road, I drive 30 minutes to the summit of Badger Mountain, East Wenatchee. Big sky and no city light. At the summit, there is a convenient, gravel driveway and parking lot with two wheat silos.
In years past, I laid on wheat stubble, worried a cow would step on me.
Blowing up a backpacking mattress, I crawl into a sleeping bag with my head propped on a pillow. Facing northeast, you will see 100 "shooting stars" per hour.
In 2015, a huge white meteor blasted directly toward us, with the tail hidden behind it. I have never seen anything so BRIGHT! A second later, Dan jerked and said, "Oh my gosh! A piece of it hit me." That got a laugh from me.
Coyotes howled back-and-forth from the north and east.
Deer walked by so closely, we could feel the vibrations from their hooves on the ground, before seeing their moving shapes in the dark.
In August 1993, my sister and I watched the Perseid Meteor Shower in a foggy field in Georgia. It was the greatest Perseid Meteor Shower in 150 years and the closest to the Earth. Lynne had never seen it before.
Meteors blazed across the sky with green tails that stretched from horizon to horizon, fading after the meteor had vanished. The Milky Way glowed. The sky blazed with shooting stars with red, green, yellow, blue and white tails.
I fell asleep with shooting stars going back-and-forth inside my eyelids.
The start of my profile describes mindfulness and awareness:
I find the wonder and joy in life. The infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand, the joy of tasting a juicy, ripe peach. Intense, playful, passionate and determined, I have fun every day.
I love hiking to alpine lakes surrounded by white glaciers and jagged mountain peaks. After dark, I look up and feel awed by the glowing Milky Way and billions of sparkling stars. We all need more low-level ecstasy in our lives.
They mean I need to run, not walk, in the opposite direction. My snarky nature is incompatible with such earnestness. I generally feel that it is good to from time to time perk up and take an interest in one's surroundings, but that's the extent of it. I am horrible like that.
Be Here Now. It’s a very transformative and important concept. Most of us are haunted by the past or worried about the future. All that matters is the present moment. When we can pull ourselves into it and look around, we realize that we are ok after all. Most of the time, the present moment holds peace, love and healing...if we observe it with an open heart.
I would say "consciousness" but that word got overused a long time ago.
Setting aside all other matters and focus on what you need to be doing, fully aware of the consequences of your actions, and recognizing whether it is a positive or negative outcome, and adjusting if you don't like that answer.
It gets tiresome to have words loose their meaning from overuse. However, I think they mean to be engaged in your life. To think, study, and ponder about what meaning your life has, to go through life awake and aware, think about what you want to leave behind when you die.
The one word that jumped out at me is presence. I'm an educator and with our changing landscape of educating toward online learning, presence is very important. Presence means not only being present, but also engaged. You can be present but not engaged...think of a couple sitting next to each other but both with their attention in their phones. They are present, but do not have presence. Presence is reaching out engaging others, listening, and conversing. I feel presence is something we are really missing in our culture because technology has invaded our lives. I went on a girl's weekend this summer with 4 college friends, and sat there watching all of them with their noses in their phones the entire time. It was a sad example of friendship.
My favourite part of those and i guess to actual meditation is that they are moments that describe getting in touch with the mind. Sometimes when I am researching I find the spot where a person is definitely a unit of perception and language and descriptiòn are both empty, full and fillable. Beyond this spot........hm. well I do love Rumi's poem that I only ever trully remember as ".....out beyond rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a field, I will meet you there...".
Now I get to say I think mindfullness awareness and presence are things we work on....even things we work wìth.
You would hardly get to finish a sentence with a logical positivist without him or her inquiring exactly what do you mean by such and such words. In preference, I like the scene where Alice in Alice Through The Looking Glass meets Humpty Dumpty and he inquires about her name. When she tells Humpty Dumpty that her name is Alice he retorts: "Alice! Alice! What sort of shape is an Alice? My name describes the shape I am."
The recipe is not the cake and the menu is not the meal. It is all too easy to forget that language is a tool, a very useful tool but nothing more than a tool. Shakespeare said: "A rose would be a rose by any other name."