Like a broken tooth, an illness or a divorce, sometimes life has a way of helping you bring your awareness to the present moment.
Pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something needs your attention. When you are hurting your focus is directed to the affected area. Something happens to us that wakes us up and draws our awareness to whatever may be ailing us. We are jolted us up and out of the stupor we may have fallen in to.
It is not necessary however to experience painful disruptive events as the only way to bring your attention to the present moment.
Eckert Tolle encourages us to actively increase our awareness and consciousness in the good times and not just the bad. “So it is essential to bring more consciousness into your life in ordinary situations when everything is going relatively smoothly. In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. No unconsciousness, no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light.”
A regular habit of prayer and meditation can help slow the brain down to bring awareness into the present moment. If we live in the present we allow life and all it’s changes to occur while we remain in equanimity. Acknowledging the hurt, the grief, the anger, …, THE FEELINGS, and allowing them to flow through your body, reduces their energy.
Mindfulness practices have been shown to have dramatically healthful benefits to those who practice this.
Keeping an open heart while going through painful events can be difficult.
But if we are to grow and learn through these challenging times, it is exactly what we must do.