This meditation led by Danis Bois is part of a cycle of 3 meditations on the relationship to time, objective time, subjective time and present time. It invites us to give time time.
I briefly went over the various aspects of time we talked about in the previous meditation.
- Objective time as the physical time that is the same for us all. It is the time of the clock, seen as a succession of moments. It is also the time that is divided into past, present, future, years, hours, minutes, seconds. Finally, it is the time that relates to the physical phenomenon of the revolution of the Earth around the Sun
- Subjective time, unique to each of us and dependent on our individual perception. This perspective is an invitation to change how we see the time of the clock with its hands moving in a sporadic way marking seconds. Subjective time on the other hand flows continuously bringing the past into the present Subjective time on the other hand flows continuously bringing the past into the present
- Present time, that cannot be dissociated from motion.
I then presented the theme of today’s meditation: living the present moment. We all wish to free ourselves from the past and the future and this give us the opportunity to explore the present (and its moments of eternity) which is sought-after in the practice of meditation. and this give us the opportunity to explore the present (and its moments of eternity) which is sought-after in the practice of meditation.
I then announced that we were going to touch on the notion of becoming masters of time through instructions aimed at stimulating memory and bringing into the present memories and traces of lost time.
Having then established the prerequisites of the meditation, I invited the participants to give time time in order to slow the pace, to step back, to reconnect with the fullness of time passing, a pure now.
As reminder, here are the basic principles necessary to experiencing the present:
- a little bit of calm
- connecting with our senses
- being attentive
- a mind free of thoughts of past and future.
A few words to illustrate this methodology:
Feeling here and not somewhere else, neither in the past nor in the future
Being fully aware of what we are experiencing during the meditation
Perceiving the changing continuity of the present in the form of a slow continuous movement
Perceiving a moment of eternity.Danis Bois
I emphasized this last point
- We have the sensation that there is no division between past, present and future.
- We sense that we are experiencing eternity in the moment, a present that remains present
- We experience a present that lasts and changes all at the same time within our inner world: it is long as well short, local as well as whole, and captivates us or not.
But the highlight of this moment of eternity emerges when we become aware that the inner movement is the bearer of the present and its moments of eternity.
I then suggested that, while we remain in the present, we call forth memories or traces of the most intense moments of our life. Some of these instructions enabled meditators to bring the past into the present moment, experiencing this moment with the same intensity and power of transformation.
I quoted Proust in order to invites us to become masters of time: “We are able of wandering at will in the past, the present and the future.”
And I concluded with the words of Bergson: “The actions of the past and of the present merge into each other towards the future.”
At the end of the meditation. I insisted on how important it is to consider time as a precious ally in order to transform our meditative practice as well as the practice of our existence. We need to give time time.
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