Experience is a word which I have become interested in lately. What does the word ‘experience’ truly mean? When most people ponder this word they think of their day to day activities and tasks. In addition, most people categorize their experiences into neutral, negative and positive. Let me explain.
For most people, going to work is a neutral experience because it is something most people have to do in order to earn a living. While at work, you may get involved in an argument with your boss which would be considered a negative experience, Alternatively, you may have a great lunch conversation with your co-workers which would be considered a positive experience.
The problem is that most of us judge our experiences by their surface appearance and how they make us feel. I would like to argue that all experience has beauty and value no matter how it seems on the surface. When we judge our experiences based on their superficial appearance, we fail to see their value, especially when we perceive them as negative. This does not allow us to know their true depth and beauty.
This does not necessarily mean that there is something better down the road for us, such as when Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and eventually became one of the greatest players that has ever played the game. Experience has value and beauty irregardless of how we interpret it and what it leads to in the future.
This the reason why we have been incarnated here on this planet in physical form, simply to experience all that life has to offer. In order to know the beauty of experience we must be fully tuned in to the depth of the present moment regardless of where we are and what are we doing.
The way to do this is to fully tune in to all of our bodily senses in order to fully experience this very moment and stay in this tuned in state. Now, this may seem difficult to do but this is exactly what we experience when we do something we enjoy. We are fully embodied in the moment in the midst of that captivating activity. We just need to be fully embodied at all times.
This may seem difficult to do but it is just a question of focusing your awareness on where you are and what you are doing in every moment. Pay attention to what you are physically doing, what you are thinking, how you are feeling and try to glimpse the deeper significance of this moment because nothing happens by chance. Do this with all your senses including your intuition or sixth sense.
If you are able to live like this most of the time, you will experience your life at a greater depth than you ever thought possible. You will not only open up to different ways of perceiving yourself and the world you live in, but you may unravel deeper aspects of both your inner and outer world. This can only happen through being fully embodied and present in every moment of your life.
So know that our lives on this planet are about experience and it is in the living every moment with as much depth as possible that we can uncover the beauty that lies at the core of all experience.
Nauman Naeem MD