Meditation month: Day 16
Today, I sat on a chair facing west (and the radiator), with the palms facing the ceiling. My most regular position this month.
I very quickly became totally at ease and a Big Question arose. This question: What is attention?
I just looked at a couple of definitions and they’re OK, but they’re missing the point. My point is: What IS it?
Attention has no shape, no size, no weight, no colour… I considered all this during the meditation. To me, it is separate from being. We can become aware of the feeling in our hands (our beingness or aliveness) and we can put our attention on that. So attention is not being.
Attention is something we can give, or pay, or allow to wander, or place on something. If projected into the future, I suggested, it becomes intention and, indeed, this can become manifest in our experience. It appears to be (I’m very interested by that word choice) our power. I think I mentioned this early on in the month.
I tried having no attention and a sense of darkness came over me, which I noticed even with my eyes closed. When the attention became active, there was a lightness that came with it. I suspect I will return to this in the future.
Before I meditated this morning, I came across this on Facebook. I agreed with every word.
This moment that is going through humanity can be seen as a portal or an abyss.
The decision to fall into the abyss or cross the portal depends on you.
If you look at the situation and watch the news 24 hours a day, emptied of energy, invaded by anxiety and pessimism, you will fall into the abyss.
But if you take advantage of this opportunity to look into yourselves, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will walk through the portal.
Take care of your living places, take care of your body. Connect with your spiritual home. When you take care of yourselves, you take care of everything else.
Don’t lose sight of the spiritual dimension of this crisis, adopt the vision of the eagle who, from the heights, sees everything, sees further.
There is a social question in this crisis, but also a spiritual question. Both go together. Without the social dimension, we pour into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and the absence of meaning.
You were prepared to face this crisis. Grab your toolkit and use any tools you have at your disposal.
Get inspired by the resistance of indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and are still exterminated.
But we don’t stop singing, dancing, lighting a fire and rejoice. Don’t feel guilty about being happy in this difficult moment.
You don’t help by being sad and energy free. You help if you let positive things emanate from the Universe. It is through joy that we resist.
Once the turmoil passes, each of you will be important to rebuild a new world. You need to be healthy and strong. And for that, there’s no other way but to maintain a beautiful joyful and bright vibration. It’s not misguided. This is a resistance strategy.
In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called quest for vision, during which you spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. Once you walk through this portal, you get a new world view, because you faced your fears, your difficulties…
Now that’s what you’re asked: Allow yourself to take advantage of this time to complete your vision quest rituals.
Which world do you want to build?
For now, that’s all there is to do: stay calm in the heart of the storm.
Calm down, pray and meditate every day. Establish a routine to reconnect with the sacred on a daily basis.
Good things emerge; what emanates from you now is the most important.
And sing, dance, resist through joy, art, faith and love.Message from White Eagle of the Hopi nation
This was translated from the language of the country I am living in at the moment. I found the original here, which is a little longer.
Have a great day.