I have often said that awakening requires one to be present to the smallest details of one's everyday existence, moments that your ego will tell you are insignificant, unimportant, and unworthy of your attention, such as sitting at a stoplight, doing chores around the house, etc. As my teacher used to say, "Life provides you with everything you need to awaken."
I was reminded of the importance of being present to the small moments this morning while reading Your True Home: The everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. It's a book consisting of 365 pages, each of which contains a few paragraphs of text designed to assist you in living a life of presence and intention. I try to read a page every morning for daily inspiration.
In the following excerpt, a Zen master is observing whether his student is or is not "awake."
If, for example, the student shuts the door noisily or carelessly, she is demonstrating a lack...
To be able to enter into a state of mindfulness means you have gained the ability to rise above the ego and experience the Now. To me, that is not only incredibly rare, but also a miracle.
Not everyone desires to be present, which makes you and me a minority among the masses, but people are beginning to see that living the life of the ego is unfulfilling and lacking in meaning—people are waking up.
Observing yourself through mindfulness and penetrating the Now are mandatory skills one must master in the spiritual journey of awakening.
But, what's next? What do you do when you've mastered the art of mindfulness?
If you can be present at will and sustain moments of prolonged presence, you are ready to begin the next step in your spiritual journey—moving beyond mindfulness and experiencing higher states of consciousness.
In this video, I explain how I enter into higher states of consciousness to experience the mystical states spoken of...
When we are present, we engage the soul and experience the divine.
In this video, I share 15+ tips and tools that you can immediately use to practice mindfulness and be more present.
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