“The secret of meditation is to be conscious of each second of your existence and to keep the sun of awareness continually shining.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I came across this quote recently and liked it right away. I felt comforted as I read it.
For many people, “living in the moment” is something they aspire to. The idea of really being present in each moment of your life makes you feel as it somehow everything in your life would be better. You would appreciate your life more, get more done and just generally feel happier.
I agree that in those times when I am very present in the moment I feel great. I feel more alive, more full, more whole. The things that usually occupy my attention seem small, as they should.
But generally, when I talk about being in the moment, I’m talking about the good moments, the pleasant moments, the enjoyable moments. The moments I want to be in. So what about the moments that are not so good?
Why keep the “sun of awareness” shining on moments that you would rather have pass?
I think what originally comforted me about this quote is not the idea that I should live in the moment for things where I want to be present, but that I should live in the moment for the times when I would prefer not to be present. Or rather that I should accept both equally.
Each “second of my existence” has it’s own mood, it’s own agenda, it’s own lessons. Awareness is not picking and choosing between what you do want to experience and what you don’t want. If you allow the sun of awareness to shine, then it covers all with it’s light. Everything.
How do you keep the “Sun of Awareness” shining?