I always like to read to my students in my yoga classes when they’re in savasana. Just something short and meaningful. Usually related to the theme of that day’s practice, if there’s been one.
A few weeks ago, I found this reading in Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. I haven’t read this book from cover to cover yet, but I plan to. He has a way of simplifying mindfulness that I really like. It makes it very easy to understand exactly what it is and why it’s important to cultivate this in our own lives.
Sometimes when I’m trying to express the meaning of mindfulness to people, I think, gosh this sounds so ridiculously simplistic and not ‘real world’. But I do live in the real world, and I find taking moments of mindfulness is an incredibly powerful way to harness the energy in the mind and bring a sense of peace and wellbeing, even if it’s just in that moment.
It’s hard to convey the power of just ‘being’. Just getting on with your day while observing and fully noting how you are interacting with the world in the simplest of tasks.
This reading describes it beautifully I think:
“Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking.
This is the essence of meditation.
In your everyday life, you can practice this by taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it your fullest attention, so that is becomes an end in itself. For example, every time you walk up and down the stairs in your house or place of work, pay close attention to every step, every movement, even your breathing. Be totally present.”
Is this something that you do? Why not give it a try and see how it makes you feel. Let me know if you do x