Commentary by Bridget Allison
Let’s contemplate the following quote:
“All fear comes from thought in the form of memory (past) or projection (future). Thought creates time: past, present, and future. So fear exists and comes from the perceived existence of time. To be free of fear is to be free of time. Since time is a creation of thought, to be free of fear you must be free of thought. Consequently, it is important to awaken and experience your Self outside of thought, existing as eternity. So question all notions of yourself that are creations of thought and of time-of past, present, and future. Experience your eternalness, your holiness, your awakeness until you are convinced that you are never subject to the movement of thought, of fear, or of time. To be free of fear is to be full of Love.” ~ Adyashanti
This article is the first in a series articles of breaking down and sharing strategies to assist one in releasing the past in consciousness. One cannot move forward in life if one is stuck in the past. Fear and emotions can keep one stuck in the past.
Living in the present can assist one with releasing the past. In having a balanced, strong and focused brain, practicing mindfulness exercises can assist one with living in the present in consciousness.
Mindfulness is a way of being and thinking that develops out of paying attention to the present in consciousness. When one is mindful, one also has no judgment or emotions attached to or about what happened in the past or present or what may happen in the future.
Being mindful assists us with slowing down and noticing what is happening within us and without in our present environment. Hearing your thoughts and having an awareness of your body sensations are evidence of mindfulness.
The purpose of mindfulness is to see things as they are, instead of how they used to be or what we wish they could be.
Walking Meditation is one of many ways to practice mindfulness and staying in the present. See the following link for details on how to incorporate a walking meditation practice into your life.