You may or may not have heard the term paradigm shift but either way it is important and undeniably upon us, particularly in the spiritual realm.
We all want to have an impact. We all want to induce positive change outwardly.
Every sane person recognizes that there are deep seeded issues at work in the world and want to be a part of the dissolution of those issues, but it’s not always clear how to do this while at the same time managing one’s own life and all of the psycho-personal challenges that come along with being a human being in this society.
We’d like to take this time out to delve into the various modalities wherein we can actively participate in the engendering of fundamental societal change in the overarching context of evoking equanimity and love for all of humanity. It is time for a paradigm shift.
The extent to which we impact the world is directly correlated to the depth and acuity of our state of perception. Plain and simple. It is the quality of our awareness that determines the degree in which we effect the world around us, and thereby our foremost ambition must be to rightly cultivate our awareness itself rather than to pursue some kind of external goal.
Perception must take precedent
Of course, the attaining of outward ends contains some credence, but we may only come to move powerfully through the world of form once we have firstly addressed that which is formless, the eternal entity (so to speak), within ourselves. As it is within, so it goes without.
The two most essential modalities in the cultivation of awareness are conscious breathing and self-observation. Conscious breathing is the centralizing of one’s attention upon the oscillations of the breath. When we engage in this practice we invariably come to tune more deeply into the body, thereby fusing the realms of physicality and metaphysicality.
The breath is perhaps our greatest and most accessible doorway into the immediacy of direct experience, and thereby when we bring the energy of our attention to the breath we move towards the skillful engagement of the present moment and self-mastery.