Your capacity for experiential pleasure is unlimited. To the extent you are open to the gifts that Life is presenting to you Now, you are allowing ecstasy beyond words to be expressed through your individualized being.
This is not to say that anyone should chase pleasurable experience. Indeed, all perception is patterned with feeling, and to the extent one tries to create pleasurable feeling, its opposite is activated within their energy of awareness – and addiction is manifested thereby.
Every thought that crosses your awareness is a demonstration of egoic gripping to pleasurable experience and resistance to painful experience. Your belief in the truth of thoughts is all that keeps tension between the polarities for you, and makes them real in your perception.
Pleasure, experienced in the present moment, immediately becomes an experience of memory when thoughts about sustaining, recreating or protecting the experience of pleasure are believed. Accordingly, pleasurable experience tends to be elusive and short lived.
Pure consciousness is the source of limitless pleasure from which all feeling is created according to thought. While superficial pleasure (the opposite of pain) is based on circumstance that evokes an elated feeling, the deeper, limitless pleasure is a resonant yet subtle rhythm which can be attuned to at any time, under any circumstance.
By noticing what is being thought and the feeling and breath pattern that come with the thought, then deepening the breath without judgment, you are allowing pure consciousness (the source of pleasure) to penetrate through mental patterns as they cloud your awareness. As pure consciousness is permitted access through the layers of mind, core belief in the separate self (which is the only barrier to one’s capacity for pleasure) is exposed.
In this way, consciousness is allowed to gently detach your energy of awareness from identification with thought, and the polarities of mind are diffused thereby. From a truly detached point of view, all thoughts and associated feelings are not only a pleasure to observe, but they provide the necessary direction whereby the movement of awareness may be given to allow new openings for greater depths of experiential pleasure.
The window of opportunity to allow conscious access to your thoughts and feelings is always in the present moment, whether you are thinking about past or future is irrelevant – all thought happens in the present. You deserve to experience levels of pleasure that surpass all mental reason and understanding, and focused attention can lead you there.