There are moments when the world around me falls away; when it’s just me and an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment. There was a moment in Bali swaying in a hammock on the beach, listening to my iPod. There was a moment walking through Brooklyn on a cold evening toward the water. There was a moment on a spring afternoon in Morocco when my work was done for the day and I sat in mediation and recently walking past a rose bush on my way to the grocery store. There is one thing these experiences had it common; and that was their capacity to break open my heart for an instant. They provided a rare surge of divinity, helping me tune into my inner knowing on a deep level.
The power of living in the moment was fully realized for me during those seconds in time. In them, I felt fully present and I saw an undisguised truth. When I experience indicators of my authenticity in this way, I know I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. Since I’ve begun the journey to finding myself and my purpose, these moments occur more and more frequently. The clarity and sense of knowing they leave me with are so comforting in my seemingly constant state of transition.
It was an important realization for me that my moments of clarity and peace have not come during the time between bookends or commitments. They only come to me in freedom. They only come when I allow myself to detach from the web of distractions like work, parties, relationships and other obligations. It’s tough to return to that place of detachment and rare to find yourself there to begin with. Perhaps that is why in our fast paced lives we lose sight of what we’re passionate about and the reason we’re here.
A sudden feeling of unexpected gratitude for what is. That is pleasure; that is delight. The essence of delight, is that it is too quick and subtle to be called happiness, but it is strong enough to be distinguished from neutrality. It would be a fabulous place to spend more time and, maybe, by placing higher importance on living in the moment, it is possible to improve our everyday realities in just such a way. Maybe these moments don’t have to pass so quickly and maybe their longevity would result in a more lasting sense of happiness.
I find there is potential for encounters with pleasure and delight to shift us into a higher state of consciousness. When we experience the fragrance of the sea, the cackle of a glowing fire or when we wrap our cold hands around a mug of warm tea, we touch this delicate state. In appreciating the small things in life, we practice knowing that all is as it should be; as it is meant to be.
By nature, delight is unexpected. It has the potential to surprise and inspire us. Its spontaneity draws us out of the mundane and helps open our eyes to the wonderful when we’re lost in the probable. It’s a feeling that sneaks from behind to embrace you in a tight hug and makes you feel warm and loved. When I’m out for a walk, lost in reverie, a perfect lavender rose or a hummingbird will catch the corner of my eye and I’ll suddenly remember to pay attention to the beauty of the world again. After all, what is the point of all of this if not to experience and witness the small and pretty things?
Walk a little slower. Stop to smell the roses and feel the sunshine on your face. When you see a pretty view, pull over and pay attention to it. Close your eyes and breathe into this special feeling and notice the sense of peace our connection with nature, beauty and warmth provides. Hang out in these fleeting moments as long as you can.
As published in the July 2013 issue of Soulwoman eMagazine www.soulwomansanctuary.com.