We experience awareness on many levels. For example, we may have a degree of awareness on our how we are feeling, another degree of awareness on what we are doing, and another degree of awareness on what we are thinking. And in our normal waking state, our awareness mostly shifts focus at varying degrees between these levels.
And honestly, that is a completely normal and healthy way to experience ourselves and life. The trouble comes in when we are completely identified with those emotions, actions, and thoughts.
In his book “A New Earth”, Eckhart Tolle wrote: “Complete identification with form – physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms…results in a total unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with every ‘other’ as well as with the Source. This forgetfulness is original sin, suffering, delusion. When this delusion of utter separateness underlies and governs whatever I think, say, and do, what kind of world do I create?”
Maintaining a degree of awareness on the space within which life unfolds brings a sense of spaciousness to all of our experiences. When we maintain a degree of awareness on that space, will naturally live life more skillfully and experience greater clarity, meaning, and fulfillment.
Meditation practices, like the ones Sharon is teaching us this month, can help us compassionately dismantle the learned habit of complete identification with form, and more consistently focus some degree of awareness on the formless creative space which gives rise to form.
Can you recall a time when, as a leader, you transformed a difficult conversation into a spacious one? What inner shift made that possible?