Yes, we are here in bodies to create, love, touch and connect. And underneath these needs and desires, I believe we yearn for the profound connection of simply being.
When I think of my nephew and nieces, I want to help them, play with them, and get to know them better. And under those motivations, I find what I most want is to connect deeply, heart to heart with them. Fortunately, they, like most young children, are still vibrantly alive and present, being themselves moment to moment.
This beingness is our essence and source, the emptiness before creation, and the stillpoint of life. Connection with source is the goal of most meditation. In this place of being, we experience the peace of mind that is God/ source.
Some of my most profound experiences have been very simple, yet deeply impactful. Examples are watching sunsets where I was in such a state of bliss that I almost ceased to be a mind/body separation, feeling myself as a joyful extension of nature, reflecting back the beauty and joy of the moment. During these moments, I lost my sense of self, and merge completely with the moment. I’ve experienced this union with dancing, playing, photographing and even conversation.
A special example of being happened at a trade show when a woman came to our booth. We looked at each other, smiled, smiled more, moved toward each other and connected with the most profound hug that I’ve ever experienced. My mind, body and soul merged with her as my body lit up with tingles from head to toe. We had never met before, yet connected in a profound way that carried us into friendship for many years. And, we never again connected in person.
We continued to call and write each other for several years. While on the phone, often with pauses for silence, I again entered a state of union and grace, enjoying the moment of being one with another. I’ve come close to this feeling with other friends when we relaxed into a state of simply being with each other, resting in togetherness and the moment.
When I was growing up back east as a typical city boy rushing to fame and fortune, I absolutely could not understand why someone would sit on a porch and DO nothing! Now, sometimes I don’t understand why everyone is in such a rush to go somewhere, climb that mountain, build that company, etc, etc. I’m slightly exaggerating, but not much. I think most of us are overly focused on doing in our lives. I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy the simple act of sitting on a porch or patio. And occasionally, I’ll settle into a oneness with life that requires nothing other than my presence.
I can’t help but believe the world would be a profoundly different place if we put more time and energy into being, relaxing, playing and simply connecting heart to heart with the people and world around us.
Give it a try. Spend some time this week to simply be with yourself, a friend, partner or nature.
Let me know if you touch the core of oneness that waits for all of us hiding in plain sight as the present moment.