The most profound moments in life can't be fully captured in words. We approximate what we feel, see, touch, but never truly capture with language the experience of our baby being born, seeing a whale breach for the first time, or the delicate sparkle of frost on a winter morning. Images do much to help carry across the feelings, but being there is a unique and sometimes transcendent experience that can't be duplicated.
In reality, every moment is that precious. Every moment in life is unique, and carries that possibility and wonder. It is a matter of whether we are fully present to it.
Our mind’s chatter hinders our ability to be present, and blocks the extraordinary from our view. We are too busy worrying about bills or anticipating a fun weekend to smell the invigorating peppermint tea in our cup or to notice with delight a hummingbird sipping from a salvia plant in the front yard. Constant thought takes us out of reality and out of our ability to experience everything that life offers.
When we are willing to let go of our inner narration - the constant flow of thoughts that describe our experiences - we become present. Surprisingly, we feel more joyful and satisfied when we allow ourselves to receive what the present offers us, without analysis, comparison, or judgment. When we are willing to step beyond thought and words, we come alive.
I have two offerings this month to support you in going beyond words into the profound present. This coming Sunday, December 13th, we explore Sacred Sound, Sacred Silence at our final Awakening Heart. From 10-11:30am in Palo Alto, we will listen to the universe of sound and the silence that underlies everything, especially within ourselves.
Then, join me for a special Meditation and Inspiration Radio Show to honor our transition into winter on Monday, December 28th at 9pm Pacific Time. Light a white candle, create some sacred space, and together we will be Entering the Silence. Details below.
As you enter the holiday season, can you step into experiencing this moment, beyond words? Can you, for an instant, let go of thought and feel your body, your breath, and the clothing on your skin? Take in the mystery of whatever life offers. Let this season be a celebration of being alive, here and now, beyond the need for any words to explain it.