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Observe, and Allow
Take time to go
within. You will find your solutions there.
is easy for us all to get caught up in accomplishing too many tasks during our busy
days. We can lose touch with our inner wisdom, peace, calm, and feeling of
contentment and joy. Perhaps consider trying out these suggestions during this
busy holiday season....
Following this practice several times a day allows each of
us to stay connected with and present for ourselves. Practice being with what
is. Right here. Right now. So for yourself...
Release rushing. Hand
over my pushing--every minute, every hour, every day--> leads to tensionless
living. Release resistance to
what is or what isn't. Release from all of the entanglements of your mind. Release from fear,
striving, and all worry. Have no agenda or judgment about what is happening.
Go easy. Let things be as they are. Ah...tension diminishes as you allow non-doing.
Release all goals and ambitions. Allow yourself to FEEL the process of being
awake and alive. Open up to all of your senses. Don't just live in your
head. Feel yourself awake and aware, completely in the present moment.
Take time to celebrate
your journey of life!
Own where you are. Release the need to rush to the next thing. Own your
place on the earth. Move more slowly throughout the day. Ah...
Know what is
enough. Watch greed (and
compulsion) for accomplishment--things like e-mails or computers, numerous
projects, or lists of things to do. Notice the heaviness of obligation that
might come over you. Consider leaving your lists behind! How can you allow
lists not to run or rule you? Perhaps simplify your life?
Cultivate the feeling of
inner contentment and peace. Remember: When
I get lost in the field of tasks, I feel buoyed up and validated from
them...and exhausted by them. Choose to simplify and prioritize, and be
Tune the light of awareness into your experience.
Really notice (look at) what's happening with your body, your mind, and with
Check out the
Foundations of Mindfulness: body, feelings, mind, and all phenomena.
Take time to just be present in your life. Open fully to all of
your senses. Just be. Through observation you make the unconscious, known. You
see your problems and
Gently look into the areas of your discomfort.
Observe and then later transform them through
Be in the
moment. Don't live your
life, look at your life through thought.
Rest your attention on your direct experience of
walking, eating, washing the dishes, etc. Not "thinking
about" or creating a "story line" about what you are doing, or remembering
the past or planning for the future while you are doing each task. Be in the
moment--know where you are at in this life. Be in the "crosshairs" of this
moment. Pull in your mind. Stabilize your attention.
Don't push away or fight anything.
Allow tensionless living. Trust! Release the ego's need to control or defend! Allow whatever is present in the moment to be there. Perhaps pain, distress,
anger, anxiety, tiredness, or delight, appreciation, and happiness. Whatever it
is, just be present with it and allow it. Following this process allows ease of
well being--a deep acceptance of what is or isn't-- to arise.
Do You Experience a RAIN
the tried and failed method! Move on!
This practice was
shared by Rodney Smith at an insight meditation retreat. To hear the talk,
visit Rodney's site:
and go to individual talks to the talk on 7/05
Explore his many excellent talks
Distortions of Mind. Check out especially
Distortions of Mind-- The
Download a player:
Develop a love
for the present moment.
reconnect with our bodies and our lives.
Come to know what
nurtures you and what depletes you.
ASK: What might
lead me to greater openness, honesty, and a deeper capacity to love myself and
in every moment. Cultivate a peaceful response about your life, acceptance of
your present circumstances, and kindness towards ourselves and everyone
else. Frolic around these wonderful books:
Is Every Step (1991),The
Miracle of Mindfulness,
by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1976), Beacon Press, Boston
Nhat Hanh's book Present Moment Wonderful Moment--Mindfulness Verses
for Daily Living*,
(1990). See also
Parallax Press Resources for Mindful Living:
the introduction: This book contains short verses to help us dwell
in mindfulness. We often become so busy that we forget what we are doing
or even who we are. We forget to look at the people we love and to
appreciate them...we don't know how to get in touch with what is going
on inside and outside of ourselves...To meditate is to be aware of what
is going on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds, and in the world.
This is a delightful book that promotes a feeling of joy and of the
sacredness of life.
Practicing The Power of Now,
(1999), by Eckhart Tolle, New World Library Sounds True has audio
and videotapes of this book, and many other titles.
suggestions and insights to experience the joy of being, to enter the
now, to accept whatever is happening (to see impermanence and the cycles
of life), and to transform the "pain body" in us.
Stillness Speaks, (2003), by
Eckhart Tolle, Namaste Publishing and New World Library.
From the Introduction, "The only function of a spiritual teacher is to
help you remove that which separates you from the truth of who you
already are and what you already know in the depth of your being." Enjoy
discovering your inner being!
Eckhart's books and other materials. Their mission
is: "To make
available publications that acknowledge, celebrate, and encourage
others to express their true essence and thereby come to remember
Who They Really Are." Find them at:
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