Probably one of the most influential speakers and passages, certainly in my life. I hope you can find such inspiration here too.
Here’s my favourite meditation of them all…
The reason is because it’s so simple, takes 2 minutes, and can be done twice a day with NO EXTRA EFFORT!
So, here we go…: The Toothbrush Meditation!
- Grab your toothbrush, apply toothpaste etc.
- Stand tall, not like a board, but upright.
- As you massage your teeth with the toothbrush:
– pay close attention to your breathing as you brush; to the sensation of the bristles on your gums; to the taste and feeling of the toothpaste on your tongue.
– Without allowing any distractions or labelling any sensations, NOTICE the sensations in your mouth and let your mind clear of any thoughts.
4. Do this exercise for the entire two minutes you brush your teeth.
What’s great is you do this twice a day, every day (or, at least you really should!), anyway, but from now you can use it to meditate too. This is Mindfulness, and the more you practice it while brushing your teeth, the better you’ll get and the more you can apply this to other aspects of your life.
Mindfulness will relieve you of stress, make you more productive, allow you to think clearer, and even extend your life…
Curious about that last bit…? Watch this space, and I’ll explain soon!
Pretty bold thing to shoot for, right?
So to help out, I’m going to quote the inimitable Alan Watts, an endless fountain of inspiration:
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”
This is based on the Hindoo belief that any being that refers to itself as ‘I’ is a manifestation of the Creator, seeking to explore the universe They created.
Basically, you are the Universe looking at itself in the mirror and saying “Oh, yeah!”.
Make it your purpose to be curious, interested, and keen to see more. Above all, be compassionate: we are all the Universe; all connected; all one.
Now here’s a technique I use all the time to bring myself back to the present moment. As well as relaxing you, and allowing you to step back from any stressful situation you may be facing, it helps with the realisation mentioned in the last post — that you are not simply the voice running through your head!
The best bit: it’s wonderfully easy!
So, what does this brief moment of clarity/silence mean?
If you are capable of ‘noticing’ something when that voice in your head is silent, surely it means that there is more to your consciousness than the monologue running through your head.
It means that Continue reading Separation of Mind from Self
A very simple one to start us off; a little technique which can be found (amongst many other gems) in Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’…
Ask yourself “What am I going to think about next?”