Meditation, Mindfulness and How Change Stimulates Being Now
Mindfulness on touch and body sense are good for relaxation and a solid feeling of being, or self-identity and confirmation. They are basic to all life, but they are not appropriate for developing broadband awareness or being now. Broadband sensing evolved to be receptive to changes outside our body.
I could be wrong but i imagine with animals, a conscious awareness of their own internal body sense is there constantly in the background, and any changes would be registered, but bodily awareness would not require sustained attentive nowness.
Tastes and smells are a more subtle level of self awareness, We are so used to the taste of ourselves inside our own body, and the smell of our own out-breath, that we take them for granted. These are constants, and they are very interesting areas to explore and develop a deeper sense of body-identity.
I'm sure animals are intensly aware of the tastes and smells inside their own bodies, and they would notice all the subtle changes. And when eating walnuts, they would expect and recognise a different feeling inside to when eating worms. But this change would be common sense for them, because they cause it by eating something specific. It is not comparable with unexpected external stimuli.
Breathing is generally a constant repetitious movement, slow and steady particularly if you are consciously relaxing, it's a very similar rhythm to the heart beat, but far more obvious. Watching the breathing can be very good for lots of things and there are elements of being now.
At times, when i let go of the breathing, it becomes irregular as the lower brain takes over and adjusts my needs. These are the times when the changes are unexpected, - at these times i find it easy and natural to focus on the breathing and so i automatically arrive in the present moment.
Focussing comes naturally with awesome things, and it automatically makes us now. If life was full of awesome inspiring things, there would be no problem with being now.
But it's the unexpectedness, and the necessity to be ready and waiting, which stimulates the straightforward receptive nowness seen in animals.
I find it hard to just watch the breathing these days. For me breathing is intrinsically connected with smelling and the exchange of smells between the in and out breath. I feel a sense of being intimately involved with my environment, absorbing it, when smelling ... and this feels very different, more alive and interesting than just breathing.
Animals would hardly be consciously aware of this exchange of smells. They would ignore their own habitual out-smell. Animals would only be interested in the incoming smell. They ingest the scent, with every change of wind, searching for food or danger. Animals savour the incoming smell, and they search out all the different meanings behind the smells.
In the outside world smells can change quickly, especially if there's a wind. Again, it's the unexpectedness, and the necessity to be ready and waiting, which stimulates the straightforward receptive nowness seen in animals. Trees, clouds, and other animals are seldom still - cats eyes and night lights are often only a flash. And if you aren't aware the split second the dog barks or a door slams, you'll have missed it forever.
Change stimuates our attention in a way constant or rhythmic stimuli don't. Animals habitually focus on anything which changes. Among humans changes typically stimulate learning and thought. If animals start thinking, they lose the ability to be receptive. Animals must 'focus' on everything and anything. And broadband sensing evolved in order to do this, to be receptive to and aware of movements and changes outside our body, with smells, sounds and sights in the immediate environment.
It may seem as though there is so much happening, that it would make us crazy to be aware of it all. And it would make us crazy if we had to focus and then think about it all, but to be aware of it all, you can't think at the same time. With broadband awareness there is no thinking, one is at peace inside.
The easiest and most enduring, (and when you think about it, most obvious and logical) self perpetuating, self supporting method of being now, is with broadband sensing, or broadbanding, because it has to be done now. You can't think when you are mindful in the broadband way.
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