“Many people are alive yet never experience the miracle of being alive.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
We breathe roughly 21,000 times in 24 hours… yet how many breaths are we aware of? Such is the difference in being alive or being fully alive. Consider… breath is life… and life is innately joyful conscious energy… or blissful consciousness. Further… breath and life… breath and blissful consciousness… are only ever experienced in the here and now of their happening. We don’t breathe yesterday… we don’t live tomorrow. The truthful experience of breath and life is only ever here and now. If we are not fully aware of each breath… we are not fully alive… and as Thich Nhat Hanh says… miss the miracle of truly being alive… which is the experience of one blissful consciousness within the eternal now of its happening.
Such is the difference between wakefulness and non-wakefulness and our proportional experience of life. It is only in wakefulness… moment by moment… that we are fully alive… experiencing true reality as one blissful consciousness.
This week… why not cultivate more wakefulness. It is as simple as observing your breathing. Always remember… breath and life… breath and blissful consciousness… are synonymous. And they are only ever experienced within the here and now of their happening. Make this wakeful focus your focus for the week and for forever.
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