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 Recognition2011-01-22 18:40
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Occasionally, going about my business some day, I wake up, surprised to find myself again in the present moment. I had of course not been altogether asleep since the last time, but it feels kind of like it. Suddenly, one moment it is all clear and present and very real, and I'm very clear and present. The strange part about it is the recognition that it is the same place where I was before. Exactly the same awareness. But "before" is, like, 10 years ago, or 40, or a thousand. But there's no doubt I was there before.

That feels shocking. Like when you've driven home from work in your car, while thinking about something else, and you suddenly find yourself in your garage, having no clue what happened along the way, as you weren't really there.

It doesn't have to be an enlightening spiritual thing, although sometimes it is. Might just be to recognize and remember something. A smell I knew as a child, and suddenly it is there again 40 years later, and there's a package of sensations and thoughts that go with it. Where was it hiding during all that time?

Or a person, of course. You look into their eyes, and, bing, you recognize them. You're there with them again, despite that you just met. It is the same, even though everything is different.

Why not stay in that moment where everything is connected? Does the intervening sleep-walk serve a purpose? I don't know.

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23 Jan 2011 @ 15:51 by mortimer : Mitakuye Oyasin
One elder suggested "everything changes." Years later I ran into another who suggested "mitakuye oyasin never changes."  

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2 Feb 2011 @ 00:58 by taranga @ : in the present
When that recognition occurs you become totally in the present with such a concentration of awareness and almost subconscious exchange of energy/understanding. In my experience it is similar to being overwhelmed by the natural beauty of our extraordinay planet when I feel as though the top of my head is lifting off along an uncanny connectedness to the cosmos.

May be we should be trying to rate civilisations on the degree to which they facilitate such potentially life changing experiences rather than the more mundane financial or educational measures normally used.  

2 Feb 2011 @ 01:33 by ming : Aliveness
Yes! That would be a better measure than most anything else. Life lived. Recognized. Appreciated. It is hard even to put into words without just sounding vaguely abstract and poetic, but it is probably more real than any statistic of numbers. Mindblowing awareness.  

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