In our awakened state we are deprived of feeling our true self because we give our full attention to whatever draws our focus. To return to our initial loving, blissful state of being we need to practice letting go of focusing. Here are a few concepts you can contemplate about and practice while meditating or think about in general.
Before you begin, what is essential to understand is that it takes time to develop letting go of our habit to focus on everything around us. But as with everything else whenever we practice, we become better and better at it. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed at first, keep at it, don’t give up. If you want it bad enough then become dedicated and practice every day and you will become enlightened and awakened to your inner sense of self.
See yourself not as a leaf on a tree but as the tree. Not as a single blade of grass but as the whole field. Go outside and practice shifting your attention from a single leaf on a tree to the whole tree. Then try the same thing with yourself.
Release your focus, your vision from anything specific, and allow yourself to be all-inclusive, unfocused on anything in particular. Take a step back from anything you are micro-focused upon. Allow your attention to drift, to become unanchored, like in a daydream.
You can also try this with your eyes open. Try to see both ends of your peripheral view at the same time, without focusing on one end or the other. You immediately get a sense of how it feels letting go of your focused visual attention.
Try this with sounds. Try to hear as much as you can simultaneously by letting go of listening to something in particular.
Try to feel your body as a whole without focusing on one part or the other.
Now do the same in your mind. Try listening to more than one thought. Let go of focusing just on one idea. Take a step back and allow yourself to sense more by relaxing.
As you let go, notice what feels and experiences it all, as your attention shifts from being focused to all-inclusive state.