in one deep breathashley72 wrote:In the end you need to drop all the books and just experience the stillness of Being. If you don't do that you've really missed the whole point of the spiritual teachings of Tolle. I do this myself with a few different portals depending on the situation, one of the best ways I find.... is to go for a nature walk or run and be as spatially aware of the trees, flowers & wildlife as possible. Don't focus on the forms (objects) but the space around them.... the no-thingness. At the same time you may notice your inner-body connecting with the stillness. The external world acts like a mirror with the internal sensations. Basically this practice is making you aware of something very important... the mind loves to react to forms. By reacting with the no-thingness externally the space around forms, your inner world starts to create space around the thoughts and feelings... this leads to a inner-body feeling of tranquility.
You can also be more spatially aware driving the car, when your stopped at lights or intersection... become conscious of the space around cars and objects as well. Particular if you feel hurried....this can help to de-stress and stop you worrying about being late to your desination.
Another way is to listen to music just before you sleep. Music with flutes, piano, ... new age, classical music. As you listen...try and notice the gaps between the sounds (the no-thingness), again this helps you connect with the no-thingness and again will free up space within. I find you fall to sleep very quickly. The mind calms and thoughts just switch off.
In busy environments. like shopping malls I try and keep rooted with the inner body as often as possible and just be aware of how I'm feeling on occassions. Its by far the hardest situation to stay connected with stillness, because of the large and continous amount of forms and content to interact with. If I notice myself judging situations or things, I just notice and acknowledge that its just a thought and not something which really has much weight in the scheme of things.
Another good practice is to promote conscious eating... I try and stay very conscious whilst eating, taking in all the flavour sensations, smells, textures and bodily feelings. This is very beneficial for also preventing emotional eating and over-eating. I find I'm a lot more satisfied eating this way.
there you stand
it's not a love you might unhand
of being that is ever free
there's no refund of a finders fee
open up and there you are
ain't no question near nor far
a gentle feeling always there
weightless presence in midair
transparent as the world moves by
stillness suspended in your eye
know the center at your heart
as reference for a term of art
no one vector for the gaze
just stand silent, lift the haze
no matter of a high or low
nothing to hear or say or know