By Steve Theodora
Beginnings are unique moments; they trigger amazing and complex feelings in anticipation or due to a special moment, event or new experience. Enthusiasm and joy can succeed to anxiety and doubts within seconds, without notices. This emotional roller coaster is the inheritance of beginnings and is often lived with passion.
Beginnings can be awkward, disappointing, fantastic or promising, but they are much more than that. They represent the clear demonstration of a strong intention and the first steps of a new experience. What started as a simple intent, became a decision and through deliberate action or coincidences transformed into reality . We unconsciously renew this process each moment of our life. However, as we're living on autopilot, we do not experience the passion of beginnings anymore. Our mind is trained to learn, codify and manage experiences for us. The enthusiastic experiences of beginnings are rapidly forgotten and rationality takes the lead. This is really a disappointing fact.
Is there an antidote to banalizing our life experiences? I believe so; the solution resides in living in the moment by reconnecting our heart into it . How can we do that?
We use intent, decision and action. We already do it unconsciously; we just need to add our heart into the process.
- Intent says: I'd like to live with passion
- Decision says: I want to reclaim my life now. I want to focus all my attention, my senses and my love on each moment and experience. I now live one experience at a time.
- Action says: How do I feel right now? I'm here, writing this post, I'm focused. I experience an agreeable feeling of completion as the words flow. This is an enjoyable experience.
It's possible to recapture the pleasure of the present experience by focusing our attention, senses and listening to our emotions while we're in the moment. There is no right way to do it; a strong decision is the indispensable catalyst to raise this self-awareness. Then, spending more time "being" than "doing" through meditation, relaxation or other activities can accelerate the process.
Beginnings are not only memories of the past or anticipations of the future; they can be experienced right now with the same intensity.