I’m not sure if this is a new idea but it effortlessly formulated in my brain this morning on a walk. We often talk about “being in the moment” and this is proposed in all of the new age or self-help books. But what does this mean? Where is the moment?
From my recent studies in the field of neuroscience, any cognitive conception of “the moment” already exists about 150 milliseconds in the past. If you are in the ‘moment’, then you are holding on to a conception of time that is no longer neurological relevant.
I don’t believe that a static moment truly exists. I have a new way of looking at this problem. When I walk or meditate or drive, I now consider ‘the momentum’. Being in the momentum is more accurate and does not have us clinging to an idea that has already evolved, so to speak. One mights say that being in the ‘moment’ means just being happy but what if you just hit someone with your car? Are you supposed to be ‘happy’ in that moment? These impacting moments are like a stamp embedded into who we become and no one says we have to be happy about it. We just require ways to organize experience, for better or worse into a cohesive whole that allows us to continue on while recognizing the joy and amazement that life is. Hence, the momentum. Every event, moment, experience or lesson is an opportunity bringing us closer to witnessing the grace and miracle of light or life.
As all physical material, including our bodies are fundamentally made up of light, we are what we experience. It is all light. My favorite quote this week is “if they brain were simple enough for us to understand, we would be too simple to understand it” by Ken Hill. That being said, we often forget that we are not just these objects meandering about in an objective static world. We are light. We are a brain and a complexion of neural networks that gather/sort/generate/gather/sort/generate.
From that, we are conscious of what we call “I” or “me” or “you” but our identity is false and limiting. What I understand as “I” is an awareness. That awareness vastly includes my surroundings and experience. I AM the momentum that includes what you call ‘the moment’ that has already passed by the time you formulate a word to call it.
If you blink, you miss it but it is still, moving.
What it boils down to is this. We are light and our environment is light. Light is inter-active, infused with relativity as to experience itself as ‘other than light’. What an amazing opportunity to occupy these densities that we call ‘bodies’ in order to experience what we truly are, were and always will be… light. Lest we forget and think that we are flesh packets floating about in a threatening world where we need to get and take in order to survive.
The moment does not exist. Being here now is a misnomer because that is all you are. You cannot be here now by doing it. You are this. And this is changing, growing, developing, expanding and embracing experience. Our opportunity as conscious beings is one of influence. Love or hate. Giving or getting. Sharing or hoarding.
What type of light do you want to be as the momentum put forth?