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Today is Wednesday, so I will meditate once today using my practice and at least one other time outside of my practice with a guided meditation or still meditation. I think it’s important to have some structure and some spontaneity in your meditation practice, but please try different things and do whatever feels right to you. Having a theme for each day of the week helps to ensure important thoughts and ideas are brought to the conscious level on a regular basis.
The theme for Wednesday is Present Moment Awareness. Similar to the concept discussed in Step 2 of the 10 Steps to Bliss, bringing awareness to the present moment is a powerful way to connect with your Soul and the divinity within. There is nothing like it in this world! When we live in the past or the future, we have a wide range of feelings that we experience. It’s completely based around what it is from the past or future that we’re thinking about. If we’re thinking about the past, we could be reminiscing about a great moment in our lives OR thinking about the day a loved one passed away. Each will bring completely different feelings to the surface. It could be good or it could be bad. The same goes for the future. We could be thinking about our retirement on a beach OR we could be worried about whether we’ll even be able to retire at all. Both of those thoughts will bring different emotions to the surface, some good and some bad. But when we experience the present moment, there is only one feeling we experience and it’s truly magical. Experiencing the present moment is like recharging your batteries with cosmic energy. You feel more alive, more aware, more fulfilled, extreme gratitude and overall bliss. There is no wide range of emotions and unpredictability. There’s no closet where things might come out unexpectedly like there is when you live in the past or the future…This is the main reason why we want to make a conscious effort to experience the present more often.
Our centering thought for today is “I am always my True Self in the present…”. When we experience the magic of the present moment, most of that ecstasy we are feeling is from allowing our True Self to be free. Our True Self cannot escape when we live in the past or the future. It is trapped with no expression possible. But, when you make that connection to the present, it shines through like a beam of light and connects you to everything in your environment. Today’s centering thought is designed to remind us of that reality. I will say the centering thought 7-10 times before meditation and 7-10 times after or until I feel truly connected to the meaning of the words. This helps to ensure our centering thought reaches the surface of our consciousness all day long.
The meditation mantra I will use today is “The only time that truly exists…is the present moment”. I prefer to use a mantra in close connection with my breath during meditation. However, if that’s too difficult or uncomfortable for you, then find a way that’s more comfortable and do it that way. Being comfortable is more important than anything else for your meditation. When I breathe in, I will mentally say “The only time that truly exists…”, then as I exhale I will mentally say “is the present moment”. On the exhale, you should experience the feeling of effortlessness wash over your entire body. Try not to alter your breathing frequency, but if you can’t help but think about it, try to breathe just slightly less often than you normally would. If you want to set a timer, feel free to do that. I would recommend no timer and just stay in your meditation until you feel it’s naturally time to finish. It may be 15 minutes later or 45 minutes later. Whatever your body-mind needs, listen to it.
In this meditation, my goal is to reinforce the power of Present Moment Awareness. By using the centering thought throughout the day, I allow my True Self out of the prison of past conditioning and into the light energy of life. By reminding myself that the only time that truly exists and the only time that ever will truly exist is the present moment. The past and the future are both just figments of our imagination. The good news is, we can make the past and future whatever we want because they only exist in our mind. However, the more we connect to the present moment, the less necessary that becomes. My main goal in this spiritual journey is to find truth, reality and the answers we all seek at higher levels of consciousness. One truth is for certain and today’s meditation practice essentially revolves around it… The only time that truly exists is the present moment. If you can allow that to sink into your Soul, you will find a greater peace in life.
Happy meditating and I hope it helps! 🙂