There are many ways we can practise being aware. Lighting a candle and and focusing on the flame brings me to stillness. Sometimes standing up and deep breathing allows me to become release a negative emotion.
I have an instance today where an email I received sent me into a tail spin of negativitey. The email was postponing, at the last minute an appointment, that I was looking forward to, and had prepared for. Then lost my original Monday Motivation post, I saw it on the screen in preview, I thought I had posted it, but when I went into check, all that was there was a photo and a saying. It is titled getting clear, I then blamed the computer the computer.:(
Des got me to stand up and deep breathe and deep breathe until I was laughing. Eckhardt Tolle in Chapter 5 of A New Earth calls this our pain-body.
Today while watching A New Earth telecast I recognized my pain- body behavior. I also now understand how my behavior can affect others. I am unaware of of my own power sometimes.
Kim Eng, Eckhart’s partner, talking with Elizabeth Lesser after the show, relates how when she is not aware of her pain-body, and a negative emotion arises, Eckhart will sometimes just leave. He discusses real life instances of this in detail in Chapter 6, Breaking Free. This has been a big AHA for me.
Todays tail spin was about me, why should I be cancelled! My projection onto someone else does not serve me and puts my vibes into a negative space, then the universe attracts more negativity to me. So becoming aware of my body-pain behavior as it arises is crucial to my becoming present and being with what is.
Kim Eng talked about how she uses Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga to raise her chi and push out negative energy. Yoga helps stretch and release. This also assists in being aware.
The 5 Tibetans help me and recently I have started attending a pilates class that helps which stretches and releases as helps me develop core strength.
The awakening exercises provided to accompany Chapter 6 are wonderful:
Don’t try to become free. Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Instead, try these three exercises the next time you feel the arising pain-body:
The moment you completely accept your nonpeace, your nonpeace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.
When you accept what is, every moment is the best moment. That is enlightenment.
You don’t need to deceive yourself and say that there is nothing wrong with a particular unpleasant or undesirable life situation. It may be time for you to get out of it. If so, you can recognize fully that you want to get out of it. Then, narrow your attention down to the present moment without mentally labeling it in any way. No judgment, no resistance, no emotional negativity. Just the “isness” of this moment. Then you take action and do all that you can to get out of the situation.
And a few gems from Eckhart today:
Learn to accept whatever emotional arises in you.
Awareness comes into this emotion.
Feel it accept it, allow it to be and then choose
Pain body feeds on the energy of your thinking
This then becomes the voice of you head.
What stops me being present?
The need to win drains me of power.
When you are more present you become more powerful.
The energy that it takes, to look at what someone else is doing,
Stop competing against others. Follow your own race.
Please feel free to share any of your AHA’s if you are following this telecast.
I am really looking forward to this weeks reading Finding Who You Truly Are?
How about you?