Let us visualise your present-moment. You’d think of the most obvious, or commonplace, setting. You are sipping your morning cup of coffee, or tea, reclining on your sofa, and reading the front-page of your favourite newspaper — which is invariably replete with the unpleasant, not something that would ‘pump’ you with optimism. Your morning routine with the cuppa that cheers, juxtaposed by what is tantamount to be ‘no news is good news’ behoves your current purpose. Yet, it is not as simplistic as it sounds — well, the point is it is only when you suspend your thought process for a moment, and take a deep breath, that ‘it’ becomes your moment, or present-moment, providing hope and buoyancy for the day ahead. It is a moment that galvanises your thoughts, while propelling your mood from the dance of the shadows to self-confidence. This is a fleeting moment, all right, but it packs a healthy punch to change your world as you embark on yet another rota at your office, or profession, focused as you are to do your best, come what may.
Whatever decision, or indecision, we take happens in the moment — you’d think of them as wave particles in motion that keep emerging in and out of your perimeter of thought, or mind. Yet, any which way you look at it, this corresponds to a moment — your present-moment, which is as fresh as the blossoming flower, the undulating waters of the sea, or the chirping of birds across your window. The whole purport of the present moment holds good not just with time, but also with your resolutions, or intentions. This is simply because what happens ‘in the now’ is the whole thing, since waiting for the next moment may not be a good idea. You may simply miss it on the ‘spur,’ or for any other reason, including your preoccupations — since it can come ‘in the twinkling of an eye’ and ebb without your watchfulness, if not awareness.
The more we all ‘take-in’ one moment at a time, it often turns out to be your ‘finest moment’ to experience your potent urge to do well and also be obligated to do your best — no matter the odds. This is reality too — of waltzing in tranquillity, floating in the river of calm and savouring the ever-eternal present. In other words, it represents our human dialect and aspect — of what we are, or what we are not. Our philosophers explain their import as being a part of the multidimensional levels of one’s existence — a unique component that guides us to higher levels of knowing, feeling and experiencing things, as they are, and what they are. While it is agreed that such knowledge, including our conscious awareness, permits for the experience of our being, or existence, it also, in more ways than one, endows us with subtle faculties to making our understanding practicable. You’d think of such complexities as a part of your psyche, or life experience, including your sensory skills that correspond to the compass of one’s conscious individual awareness.
This is not just your eternal aspect, but also a means of access that exemplifies your existence. It epitomises, no less, your conscious awareness, conscious emotions, or unconscious patterns, that keep you going and also connected to your soul’s ‘code’ of being. You’d relate to the whole context, or the prism of your being, as the sum total of your human dimension — one that has the ability to detail and learn from your own and others’ experience.
(The writer is a wellness
physician and author)
Rajgopal Nidamboor