Feeling into the Difference Between Presence and Apathy
By Thomas Leichardt, MTCM, DMQ (China) About Tom
When we are in the present moment, we feel wonderfully alive, we feel connected with all that is happening in this moment. We simply feel alive. In apathy, we feel dull, sleepy, disconnected.
In presence, we choose to drop all the personal drama, the “story” of our life situation, the excessive mental commentary. We simply act out of awareness, to whatever the moment calls for, without the burden of attachment to our personal past, nor our expectations of the future. We are simply in this moment. We laugh with people, we cry with people, meeting them on this human level of mind and emotion, and at the same time, we are also with them on the level of emptiness, for those moments that they too decide to drop their drama, their personal story, to simply be – we can also meet them in this expansive space, if they so choose, but we don’t pressure them to be one way or another. There is no personal agenda on our part, we simply allow them to be as they are in this moment. We act in compassion to alleviate their suffering as best as we can, but we don’t make it into a personal problem or a personal drama… It is not an easy practice, as the mind has so much momentum, and it lives on drama!
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The quality of our awareness with people often determines the outcome of any given situation. In presence, people feel embraced by a deeper profound stillness within which they are free to be themselves. This silent empty space, void of personal agendas, encourages openness, ease, and genuine communication between two people. When our day to day activities become imbued with this quality of presence, our small daily actions are transformed into something much greater…
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
Mystical states described in the sacred literature of so many cultures are nothing more than this dropping away of the mental mind and its attendant emotions, revealing the sublime nature of true love underneath, revealing our own true nature that we share with all beings…
“In real love the lover and beloved disappear, and what remains is an unbroken experience of pure, unconditional love.” ~ Amma
About the author: Thomas Leichardt is available for consultations in all things energetic and spiritual. As a holistic medical practitioner, he applies various modalities to help restore his patients’ natural alignment with health, vitality, joy, and clarity. Thomas has an acupuncture and energy medicine clinic in San Jose, CA. He also teaches classes in energy medicine and is faculty at Five Branches University. Make an online appointment, or for more information, visit the author’s main site.