Q&A: Is Being in The Moment and Practising Love The Same Experience?

J. sent me some very interesting questions to think about. I will try to answer them by giving my personal opinion:

(1) When you are truly experiencing the present moment, what else do you feel? (2) If you think about it, does being in the moment also result in you feeling love inside? If yes, then consider this: Does this mean that stepping into the moment also bring us the opportunity to feel love inside, in that moment? (3) From another perspective, when we feel love inside, are we also in the experience of “the moment”? (4) So then, is being in the moment and practising love the same experience?

J., CA

(1) When you are truly experiencing the present moment, what else do you feel?

If I am truly in the moment, I can be experiencing a variety of feelings. Being in the moment just means that your awareness is sensitive to whatever arises inside you and to whatever is happening outside you as well.

(2) If you think about it, does being in the moment also result in you feeling love inside? If yes, then consider this: Does this mean that stepping into the moment also bring us the opportunity to feel love inside, in that moment?

Sometimes it can result in feeling love. Other times can be the pure feeling of sadness or anger. Again being in the moment is like being receptive to every feeling, be it positive or negative. Love is one positive feeling that you may sense depending on the quality of your consciousness and the object of your attention at that moment. So yes, being in the moment can be a way to feel love inside, but that will depend on your decision and attitude at that moment.

(3) From another perspective, when we feel love inside, are we also in the experience of “the moment”?

If you are thinking about feeling love inside as an experience per se, I think you are in the moment. You are noticing the feeling arising inside yourself and that leads you to be in the moment. However, we may experience love and not be conscious of what we are feeling – that wouldn’t be to “truly experiencing the present moment” though.

(4) So then, is being in the moment and practising love the same experience?

I see them as different experiences. While we can feel love and not be fully aware of that experience, I don’t think we can practise love without being in the moment. Any practise redirects your attention to an object (e.g. a feeling, a thought). It’s like when you notice that you are feeling love inside – there is a going on practise there, the noticing of what is arising and that means you are in the present moment, that you are conscious of your human experience in that particular moment. Nonetheless, we can be in the moment without practising love.

 

 

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