Sensing the Energy of Life

by | Nov 2, 2016

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NOVEMBER, 2016

Mindfulness
Energy

Sensing the Energy of Life

Canadian artist Emily Carr wrote:

“When you really think about your hand you begin to realize its connection, to sense the hum of your own being passing through it. When we look at a piece of the universe we should feel the same.”

This brilliant quote is an intriguing invitation to take your mindfulness practice to the next level.

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Emily Carr. Forest Light. ca 1939.

The first exercise:

Take a moment and contemplate your hand. Look at its exterior. Appreciate the intricate structure that enables you to grasp small objects (how often we take our marvelous hands for granted!). Now switch your sensing from looking to feeling. What do you feel in your hand? Can you sense the energy within; the pulse of life? Place your hands, palms flat, upright and towards each other. Can you sense the energy between them? Hands are remarkably powerful energy conduits.

“When you really think about your hand you begin to realize its connection, to sense the hum of your own being passing through it. When we look at a piece of the universe we should feel the same.”

Emily Carr

The second exercise:

Once you are able to mindfully sense the energy in your hands, take your mindfulness practice a step further. Do what Emily suggests and look “at a piece of the universe.” You can use anything but a living object works the best. Consider a plant or a pet, or take a walk in the park. First look at the physical properties of what you are observing. Appreciate its intricate construction. Then switch from looking to feeling. What do you sense? Can you feel the energy in the object? What about the energy in the space between you and it? Are you connected? Can you sense the connection?

And lest you think that these mindfulness exercises are a bit too airy-fairy for you, remember that Einstein told us – over a hundred years ago – that everything is energy. Taking your meditation and mindfulness practice beyond the physical and mental realms to the energetic is the next step in up-leveling your mindfulness practice.

Longtime meditators will be used to sensing the energy, especially within themselves and their immediate environment. Take your practice further by sensing the energy in the space between you and objects in your environment.

The Benefits of this Practice

This practice will lead to a real knowing that you are intimately connected with not only all of life, but the entire universe and beyond. This increases compassion and expands your consciousness.

Bringing that down to earth, over time with regular practice you will see all the regular benefits of meditation including decreased stress, and increased focus, productivity, and overall health and happiness. You will also increase empathy and intuition. Empathy helps relationships and communication by allowing you to experience what the other person is experiencing. More on deepening this in future posts. Increasing intuition is of ultimate importance in this day and age because it enables you to be able to sift through all the information you’re being bombarded with every second, and make split second decisions on what is important and requires your attention, and ignore what’s not important.

With love,

Keena

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