Receiving Your Experience Through Open Awareness

It’s easy to get caught living in our experiences, thoughts and feelings. Getting caught simply means that we’re not directing our full attention toward what’s occurring. We may understand a situation, but still become lost in thought, consumed by the experience itself, or wrapped up in emotions. We then become preoccupied with our own drama, around which, we construct abstract ideas about the way things are. These abstract ideas determine how we view our world instead of relying on our direct experience, which is free of preconceptions.

Our abstract ideas only provide a partial view of our world which is usually inaccurate. We have the potential to live more fully through open awareness

Open awareness allows us to receive our complete present moment experience. Not only are we able to perceive what occurs around us, but we can also perceive what occurs within us. We’re receptive to the entire experience rather than only a small portion of it. We no longer react based off of our past experiences or future assumptions. Our abstract ideas fall away and we are able to be here, with it all, seeing it all unfold. We shift into a place of holding all things lightly while slowly letting go of our need to grasp.

Open awareness allows us to receive our complete present moment experience. Not only are we able to perceive what occurs around us, but we can also perceive what occurs within us. We’re receptive to the entire experience rather than only a small portion of it. We no longer react based off of our past experiences or future assumptions. Our abstract ideas fall away and we are able to be here, with it all, seeing it all unfold. We shift into a place of holding all things lightly, while slowly letting go of the need to grasp and become constricted.

This can be challenging because we’ve become attached to our views of the world. But a moment of reflection can shed light on the issues that arise when we choose to only see the world a certain way, instead of receiving the world as it is. There’s much more freedom in being receptive to the way things are. All we have to do is notice the other half of our awareness. The half that perceives the entire experience rather than just a portion. Meditation is a wonderful tool for developing open awareness.

See the drama as clouds and your awareness as the sky. If you allow the clouds to be clouds, they will pass on their own and you can avoid living the storms.

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