Knowing someone else’s thoughts with mindfulness
I was walking down the sidewalk last night, really trying to feel my surroundings — trying to be my surroundings — when in an instant I was one of the teenagers in a group walking in front of me. It was a flood of feelings and emotions that I haven’t felt in a long time, a mix of joy, curiosity, uncertainty, and more. It wasn’t overwhelming, but afterwards it felt like Neo’s “whoa.”
I don’t know how long it lasted, whether it was an instant or a few moments — it was one of those things where if you don’t think about it maybe it keeps going, but once you think about it, it’s over — but for that short period of time I was that other person. I have no idea what the body normally known as “me” did in that time. If the event had lasted longer it could have walked into a tree or onto the street for all my consciousness would have known.
This mindfulness/awareness thing is kinda trippy.
~ April 12, 2017