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Can't Be Present While Playing Guitar

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:55 pm
by Rubber Soul
Which seems to be the most pleasurable activity I could experience in my life. I explained one beautiful Present-moment guitar-playing experience I had here, in the last post in that thread: http://eckhart-tolle-forum.inner-growth ... 31#p128031

I usually can't be Present during the activity now because there's so much ego, past, jealousy and competition associated with it. I've recently been using the mantra "nothing happened in the past, it happened in the Now, nothing will ever happen in the future, it will happen in the Now" and that's been helping me meditate and attain presence in general, but I think that might be too hard while playing guitar

Any other suggestions?

Re: Can't Be Present While Playing Guitar

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:57 am
by Onceler
Don't worry about it....just play your guitar.

Re: Can't Be Present While Playing Guitar

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:33 pm
by dijmart
Hi RS,

From the other thread you linked, you said-
Yesterday I had an incredible experience while watching this Tolle video
The issue seems to be that you're trying to get back an experience. So, you're just frustrating yourself really. Call your experience an awakening, epiphany, whatever...they come and go, as they are time-bound they don't last.

Simply being "present" to the here and now moment doesn't "feel" like anything, as it isn't an experience. Another way to say it is that you become "aware" and then "experience" happens within/to you (awareness), therefore it doesn't alter the experience.

Example, I can be aware/present all day long and it doesn't "feel" like anything, except being acutely aware. However, if my mind were to have an epiphany my mind might get nice feel good juices flowing, because of having a mind blowing "experience".

Re: Can't Be Present While Playing Guitar

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:34 pm
by rachMiel
Try letting the MUSIC possess you when you play, then it will be about the music/expression, not the ego. Surrender to the MUSIC!

Re: Can't Be Present While Playing Guitar

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:59 pm
by Rubber Soul
rachMiel wrote:Try letting the MUSIC possess you when you play, then it will be about the music/expression, not the ego. Surrender to the MUSIC!
That's exactly what happened to me, but dijmart is right that my experience was just something that comes and goes and I shouldn't be attached to it. Onceler's simple advice was actually helpful too, hehe.

Thanks guys