Often we have things that occur, situations that arise, that jolt us into reality. Like we’ve been suddenly awoken from a deep sleep, startled, shaken.
These moments are when we feel surreal. But it is these very moments that are when we are actually fully conscious, and as they are so few, that is why we feel they are strange.
Like sudden amazing beauty in nature, a birth, or something shocking like a car crash or a death.
The thing is if we focus on being present and we experience each moment, we do not have to rely on a jolt to wake us up.
We search throughout life for the extraordinary, for the special moment, for that amazing place, for something to thrill us…interestingly, when we are somewhere extraordinary or in a great moment, we miss it because we’re too busy snapping it and putting it on Instagram and then searching for the next extraordinary moment!
The thing is that we do not need to search, the extraordinary is here all the time. We just need to stop looking for it and we will see it. The looking is a search into the future, a resistance to what is already here, a denial of the existing moment and being wrapped up in our thoughts, in a dreamlike state.
There is wonder to see all the time but we miss it.