Thank you Webwanderer, dutchred, Andy, HermitLoon for your valuable contribution and assistance.
Consider also, that your descriptions of your sensory experience to me is an appropriate use of mind and thought. What gets us drawn back into mind as identity is making those descriptions to one's self. If you find your self, self-describing the content of the moment, know that it is just the ego/mind reastablishing control of perspective. Engage in these experiential adventures often. Do so without effort or interest in mental descriptions. When the mind engages in thoughts, as Sighclone pointed out is likely, let them go without fanfare or frustration. Simply return to an experiencial perspective of now.
What you seem to be saying here is, Webwanderer, that I have to 'simply' become aware of all the things that are happening around me without attempting to 'label' the observations. That is quite a task, and the question arises in my mind whether we really can observe what is happening around us without thought. I have a feeling that I know what you mean, but I am currently not able to put this understanding in words. In addition to what I described yesterday, I now also have some music on. It is classical music and I simply enjoy hearing the soothing sounds. Maybe, I am not consciously translating this sensation that I am hearing music but just experiencing the beauty of it. I don't know for sure
NoordZee, (isn't that Dutch for North Sea?) I still remember vividly the first time I found myself, quite accidentally, occupying a space that felt saturated with presence. I was sitting on my bed writing in my journal, with a friend's toddler falling asleep beside me. The child's breathing slowed and deepened, and I looked up to see a rain drop running down the window. Suddenly I was completely absorbed in the sound of the boy breathing and the drop of water, which seemed sensate.
Yes, dutchred, NoordZee naturally means North Sea
I can relate to what you are describing here. We are talking about not being caught up in our thinking. Instead, we become aware of sensations that normally get crowded out by our thoughts. I think that I am on the right track here.
Much later, through this valuable forum, I became aware of "below the head" awareness.
That goes a bit beyond me at the moment dutchred. Presumably, you observe something and then mentally ,push' that observation downwards. Perhaps I vaguely understand what you are saying here.
I believe (from experience) that Being calls to us from beyond the veil with great regularity. I'm not going to go into the concept of spiritual guides or angels here...the vehicles for the calling are secondary.
Don't be afraid to say God, Andy. Anyway, the word Being can mean the greater universal intelligence. I presume it all depends on what you call this intelligence. I agree with you Andy that entering into the Present has to be a passive event. If you deliberately tell yourself that you are now in the Present, it becomes a mind related exercise. Am I beginning to see the light