How do you feel?
Hi … how are you today? How are you feeling? I mean right now. Are you aware of your bodily sensations?
Is there a thought at the back of your mind, niggling away and troubling you? Can you be with me at this moment 100% – paying attention to what I’m saying?
Are you 100% here and now? Or are u fixated or thinking about a couple of things all at once. Even thinking about the one thing all the time stresses us. Leave thinking alone. Leave the mind alone. Just like leaving the heart alone to do its own beating and the breath to do its own breathing.
Flow with the moment. Is there a sensation of contraction instead of expansion in your body. Soften your eyes. Soften your belly. Soften your boundaries and leave all analysis of the mind alone. See all thoughts trail off. Don’t even complete your thoughts. Drop them half way or see them trail off or lower the volumn of your self-talk as in a dimmer switch.
Natalie Goldberg in writing meditation literally encourages us to write manually as in a zen practice. This is from a podcast from Sounds true at itunes. Just write. Just go with the flow of writing. Keep on moving … simply move with the flow can be done with just about anything mindfully. Mindfulness in dishwashing – I love listening to Sounds True podcasts at the kitchen sink doing my cooking/washing the dishes at home. Many times, I’ve cried and wept with joy thanks to beautiful messages and teachings of Tara Brachs, Sally Kempton, Richard Freeman, Matthieu Richard, Stephen Levine, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Echart Tolle, Marci Schmioff, Bruce Lipton, Sonia Choquette … and many, many more thru the soft and calm introductory and interviewing voice of Tami Simons.
I truly recommend listening to audiobooks if you are not into reading so much. 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey is available in audio mp3 format. Contact me and I will give you one for free if you wish.
Reading books of self-help, self-discovery is more appealing to me in the “office” (toilet) where I can have a quick reminder of how meditative/relaxing a good read can be. Fortunately I’ve gone off reading novels/fiction although they do have their roles in shedding light on several occasions particular if the story is soul-searching and moving.
Spend more time alone. Learn to “sleep” with your spine erect as in a good posture (moments of letting go of all your thoughts or merely watching your thoughts, breaths or body sensations – meditation). Learn the secret of recalling the state of deep sleep up during those time of meditation to heal and rejuvenate yourself, physically, mentally and spiritually.
In work, move with harmonious flow with whatever that is happening in the moment. Embrace the present whole-heartedly. Now is the time. Here is the place. And you are the most important person because you are in front of me. The most important task is the one right in front of me right now. Zen. The sound of one hand clapping is the art of internalizing all – realizing that we are all and all are us. We are reflections of each other.
As a litmus test or a safety net in all things that we do or happen to us choose to feel good. Choose to feel the inner peace available. Harmony – inner harmony and bliss is only a choice away. Choose kindness to yourself at every moment and enjoy your presence and being all the time.