The Power of NOW (part 2)

Ok, so how to shut off your mind?

What I do when I want to consciously stop my mind from interfering with my soul, is I lie down on my bed (or sofa), put in ear plugs and just listen to my own breath and concentrate on it. I feel each breath enter my body, go down my lungs (making my belly rise) and go up through my throat again (making my belly deflate again) and out again through my mouth/nose.

Any thoughts that rush in are just observed as being thoughts, and rather than actively pushing them away, I simply focus on my breathing again. This takes some practice. ..ok it takes a LOT of practice. You may not always be consciously aware that you are “thinking”, but sooner or later you will remember that you were trying not to think. So then just focus on your breathing again.

After a while this will become second nature, and you’ll experience less difficulty in doing this.

So when your mind has given up its attempts to take over your consciousness, you may begin to see images, feel certain feelings/sensations, hear certain things. Do not analyze them, simply observe them and leave them be. At a certain point in this exercise you’ll no longer have the urge to analyze what you’re experiencing. Your mind will no longer wonder what the heck is going on.

You are now in paradise, free from the burden of every-day mind-activity. Your soul rejoices. You are now living in the NOW, being all there is.


The Power of NOW

I have recently begun listening to the audiopresentation of “The Power of Now”, a book by Ekhart Tolle.

It’s all about living in the NOW and how that benefits your experience of daily life.

It’s a wonderful book, but to be honest I already live in the NOW so to me it was just a bit of light reading. However, it explains how it works, not only how to do it. It explains that you (as a human being – that is a human BE-ing -) exist out of these 3 parts:
Body, Mind and Spirit. I know you knew this, bear with me. These three are a bit like an atom: a neutral core (Body) which also includes positive elements (Spirit), and is encircled by negative elements (Mind).

First of all, don’t judge “negative”. It’s necessary in order for “positive” to exist.

That said, the Mind is usually what keeps us from living in the NOW. It wants logic, it wants rationality, when ultimately neither exist in the absolute. Again, don’t judge your mind, you need it in order to experience the illusion (“reality”). Once you’ve experienced enough of this “reality”, you will probably realise what the NOW is, and you’ll want to experience thàt instead.

So you try to shut off your mind. This isn’t easy, as it will fight back.

Wanna know how? Stay tuned, I’m going to explain it in my own words in my next entry.

Blessed be.

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