The Small Insight: Split second awareness
I had a great realization yesterday!
There is no separation between your spiritual practice and your life.
Everything that we do in our life can be another way to practice qigong. Qigong simply means energy skill, in other words the skill we have to clearly communicate with all energy in the universe. This is not some woo-woo new age stuff, quantum physics has found that everything in the universe is vibrating energy at various levels or frequencies. Depending on where we put our observation we bring things into existence. What you think about you bring about. Put you mind on something that angers you and your vibration lowers period. Put your mind on someone you love and you’re immediately in a different mind frame.
DURING TIMES OF TROUBLE OR SEEMING OBSTACLE:
This is where it is of utmost importance that you stay awake, aware and alert to the subtle shifts happening in your mind, body and emotions. Where thoughts go, energy flows.
The small insight:
I was driving home on a beautiful Sunny Day from Santa Cruz and I got a flat tire. As I was changing the flat tire, I was kind of frustrated and angry because I had places to be. I thought, “why did this happen? Did I do something to deserve this inconvenience?”
Then it hit me! NO. This is just part of your practice, this is your Qigong. You get to practice patience and acceptance right NOW. What is all this spiritual training worth, if you can’t apply it in daily life when you need it most?
I asked myself a couple simple questions:
Can you be here in this moment and change your tire with a smile on your face?
Or do you let it ruin your day?
So I turned on some music in my car, smiled from the inside and just focused on each breath as I slowly and clumsily changed my tire.
Instead of being a victim of the universe…OH POOR ME…
I decided in that moment that there are no circumstances that define my happiness!
There are no external circumstances that will rock my internal state of being, as long as I stay AWAKE, AWARE, AND ALERT.
We always have a choice, let the energies of negativity wrap you up in thought like a whirlwind or CHOOSE to make lemonade out of lemons and be present with the situation without judgment or resentment.
How to SHIFT your awareness and CHOOSE a higher frequency of thought:
Nothing is inherently good or evil. Everything in this world is energy vibration, somethings are vibrating at higher and lower frequencies so tune into the high frequencies of compassion, forgiveness, patience, and trust. We all feel the vibrations of anger, lust, doubt, despair, etc. but how long do you stay there? Do you start judging yourself? Do you start blaming others, yourself or God for things that are outside of your control? Or do you choose a higher frequency of thought? Do you choose patience and acceptance over anger? Do you choose love over fear? It boils down to a conscious choice. The power and energy is in your hands.
I call it split-second awareness. If you stay awake, you will notice the split-second a low vibration emotion comes in. This is where the magic is.
1. When you have an event occur in your life that is unexpected or troublesome simply breath and feel the emotion fully! In that split-second notice the exact feeling. Don’t deny that you are angry or sad. Do not repress the natural feelings that are occuring. Simply let the emotions move through you and observe your body, breath and mind.
2. Then CHOOSE. Look at the situation from a higher frequency. How is this situation helping you cultivate compassion, patience, trust, forgiveness, etc.?
3. CHOOSE every moment. Choose not to be a victim of your circumstance and rise above it. Remember that you are EMPOWERED BY EVERYTHING.
Every situation in your life is another opportunity to practice qigong. Another opportunity to practice the spiritual virtues you are cultivating in meditation, yoga, etc.
Qigong is simply being aware of the the energies that are moving in you and around you, you get to CHOOSE which ones you focus on.
Life is your practice. Connect deeply with life and you will know happiness.