The first in a series of posts on meditation and connection
When we were babies, we were deeply connected to our environment and those around us. You can see this by putting a baby on a lawn. She will crawl around and touch everything. She will feel the grass, the soil, and the pebbles; she might pick up an acorn (or worse) and put it in her mouth to see if she can eat it. She is exploring her environment with curiosity. We are all born with this behaviour. It is genetically programmed into us. She has had no training to be present, to let go of worries, or to focus her mind on the present moment, but that is where she is. She is fully immersed in her present moment experience.
When we connect with the present moment through mindfulness meditation, we aren't connecting; we are reconnecting. We are relearning the forgotten skill of presence. We lost it when our culture and society programmed us to live entangled in a continuous mental movie of the past, present and future.
The present moment, where we live most of our lives, became undervalued and overlooked. We were caught in a cycle of anticipation for pleasurable experiences and distractions from the mundane. Once the excitement or pleasure fades, we return to the neutral present, only to repeat the cycle...
Boredom, distraction, escapism, pleasure, repeat. The cycle of the consumer society can repeat throughout an entire lifetime.
There is an alternative. We can reconnect to the present moment through mindfulness meditation. But on its own, mindfulness isn't enough. On its own, mindfulness will not bring us the fulfilment we seek.
There's more to it, which we will explore in this series. Stay tuned to learn more.