Embrace

“Embrace” has several meanings; the first, of course, is to hold, cuddle, clutch or hug someone or something lovingly or affectionately in your arms. You can also embrace something in your heart or mind, as with taking on an idea or an affection with your thoughts and emotions. As in “I embrace this moment fully,” to say I accept and love all the content the moment contains. We embrace many things, cultures, habits, ideals, theologies, situations, change, each other… The word holds what we think of as positive connotations. A deeper hidden meaning which includes thoughts and an awareness of feelings of love and acceptance. In most cases, it implies a state of present-moment activity, meaning when we embrace something it is more than likely happening in the now. We can say “we embraced that in the past,” or “I can’t wait to embrace them in the future;” yet, more often than not, we embrace things in the moment. It is these such moments that become the object of observation for the student of meditation.

The student sat with the teacher focusing on what they considered a road block on their journey to conscious awareness. The student said “Teacher, I find myself in the midst of many a conflict as I observe and digest the goings on around me. When it rains, I watch for the sun. I constantly desire things I don’t have while I am overwhelmed with abundance. I look for behaviors in people, society, or the world, which these things do not possess. And in my searching, my looking, my desire, I miss the splendor, wonder and joy the moments hold.” The teacher looked lovingly upon the student with compassion and understanding of their plight, and replied “Yes, desire, want, and longing have their place. Most often, a place in need of observation and understanding. These thoughts and their accompanying emotions are often a trap of the conditioned mind. I’m here, yet preoccupied by a desire to be there, like standing in the midst of a beautiful forest, yet wanting and longing to be at the beach. As a student and a teacher we learn to embrace the moment. Acknowledging the thought stream as it whirls by with its distractive thinking while we bring our attention to that and even who that is before us in the present moment. Focus attention on the moment; lovingly embrace what it contains. Even the things we may label as negative are much better handled when we accept them for what they are. Embracing the moment when our lives truly unfold is an important step on our road to conscious aware presence.” 

A meditation, try it out here and there when and if it comes to mind, or do not. Start off with a present moment meditation (acknowledge each thing and happening as you become aware of it). For instance, I heard an animal making a noise, I just thought of a friend, I feel my feet, I heard a sound, saw something move, etc.  Then, or simultaneously, bring your thoughts to embracing the moment and all it contains. Don’t merely observe, but purposely embrace everything going on around you. Be aware if desire steps in, observe that, then return your focus to lovingly embracing all the moment has to offer.

It’s a new day! Your day.

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WakingUpWithPatrick

Inner peace may mean different things to different people. Some may believe that inner peace is different for all of us, which can also make defining inner peace a challenge. For many of us, the desire for inner peace can be clouded by definition or in our inability to possess the knowledge to find such a state of being. For myself, inner peace is a mental state of being not clouded by the repetitive conditioned programmed thinking of my mind. A state of being where my true conscious self is separate from the manipulation of my thought stream. Like too many people, I had a rough start. I was raised in the 1960s during a time where the line between discipline and abuse had not yet been drawn by society and where, in many homes, neglect and victimization was the norm. In too many arenas, it is still the same for many unfortunate children and young people today. As a result of the environment I was raised in, I spent most of my twenties in a state of mental anguish. At the age of 27 I came to the understanding that abusing drugs and alcohol was not the answer for dealing with a tortured mind, and though I was able to accomplish and attain many material things that the world had to offer, I wanted something more, inner peace. After being diagnosed with institutional grade PTSD and several sever forms of depression, I decided to take on the challenge of psychoanalytic therapy. For 13 years, I worked with therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and medical doctors to address the disorders that were the result of my upbringing. I included personal studies of psychology and human behavior to add more knowledge in my pursuit of wellness. By the age of 40, as I had always done, I was sharing the knowledge I had gained and my life experience with others with similar situations to my own. Despite my efforts, I could still not separate from the mind of a manic depressive. I could not attain inner peace. My desire for inner peace led me to meditation. Meditation is a practice that separates us from the workings of the conditioned programmed mind and the endless stream of thought. After several months of mediation studies and practice, I began to feel the separation of my true self from the confines and mental torture of my own mind. At that moment a new, although difficult, journey had begun. I spent years of riding the roller-coaster of mental anguish and peace as I continued my struggle to mental freedom. Now, 18 years since my meditation studies commenced, I find myself in a state of conscious presence that allows me to live peacefully with a mind suffering from mental illness. My journey has included sharing my knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the mind with others to help them attain peace and joy as I have; aiding them in their quest to escape the suffering of the confines of their programmed conditioned minds. I have recently taken my teaching to a new level, carrying myself as a published writer, teaching mediation and sharing the knowledge of the ability for each and every one of us to achieve our natural state of being, which is peace, love and joy.