Hello dear ones,
I am back from a marvelous, nourishing, challenging, and healing visit with my family in Israel. And boy, do I have a lot to reflect on! For now, however, I wish to address this small little word "back" and the attitude that subconsciously gets attached to it. (I promise I'll share my reflections in the weeks to come).
A quick Google search will reveal what most of us already know: one of the definitions of the word "back" is "expressing a return to an earlier or normal condition." We say, "Back to School," "I'm getting back into the swing of things," and "I've just come back from my trip." While it's clear that we are referring to a return, is it actually a return to an earlier condition?
When your child goes back to school, s/he might be returning to the same building as the previous year, a similar schedule maybe, and perhaps a familiar group of peers. But is that really a return to an earlier condition? Your child is by no means the same as s/he was a year ago. Your child isn't even the same as yesterday! S/he has had a whole year of experiences, a whole summer, a whole day of experiences, and each one of these experiences signifies change.
Most of us subconsciously approach each day with an attitude of "return to an earlier or normal condition." But, there is actually no going back. It doesn't exist. Why? Because there is only now. Every single moment is brand new, natural, and fresh with possibilities. Like this moment right now, it has never been lived before, never been experienced, never been felt. So, what's happening now?
As we find ourselves in the season of "Back to School," we may notice our minds preparing for going back to the same routines, people, and places. It is up to us to notice what our minds are doing, and with the same curiosity and wonder also notice every single nuance of what is actually new, unexplored, and original in the here and now.
Just as we may choose to use the word "back" exactly as we please, we can also consciously choose to meet every moment, including this one, just as it is--an unfolding experience in a wide open field of Presence.
May you know the deepest comfort by resting into the now,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.