We can also consciously make memories by willing ourselves to hold an event as a memory. We do this by noticing many details of the situation we are in, by observing our physical surroundings - scenery, our clothing, the furnishings, the people near us, the food we are eating, and while noticing these things very closely for a period of time make the affirmation that we will remember these details later.
A few years ago I took a 2 week trip to visit a friend in the wilderness of Finland. I really wanted to remember as much as possible of this land. I even made memories of my feelings while there that I can pull out of my mind and relive as I imagine a hologram might be.
I found through my experiences that we have the capacity to enjoy deeply the replay of our memories and re-enjoy the events of the past in the present.
This experience helped me to understand first hand that there are no gaps in consciousness between our past and present.
Meditation for Reflection
Sitting or lying still begin even breathing to calm the mind and relax the body - breathe in 1 count; breathe out 1 count; continuing for a minute or more.
Think about one of the key phrases from your reading: Making Memories, Consciousness.
What is your understanding of the idea it represents? How could you apply it to your life?
Now, think with appreciation about a good memory from the past and resolve to use that happy energy in your daily life now!
Do a few more rounds of even breathing, then take a deep breath, stretch and rise, refreshed.
In consciousness there is no time
Closed eyes see events of earlier today
The same as those from yesterday
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