“The world is won by those who let it go.” -Lao Tzu
Writing provides an excellent precedent for living when done with a certain degree of abandon. I woke up today and didn’t particularly feel like writing, but lately I’ve just sort-of pledged to write 1000 words a day for this particular blog and I don’t plan on letting up on that anytime soon. I had to just let go, sit down, and get to it.
Strengthening our daily habits requires a type of mindful mindlessness that I have never found any literature on. It’s a form of lucid intoxication that makes committing to something simultaneously unthinking and rational. I’ve written extensively on the benefits of mindfulness as a methodological approach to having a heightened attentiveness to the world. After tackling mindfulness it’s possible to experiment with a willful suspension of it. Mindless activity is often harmful and meaningless, but meta-mindlessness is spurred by, you guessed it, meta-mindfulness. Continue reading →
When we moved to our acreage 14 years ago, one of the many surprises (right up there with the 1 a.m. howls of coyotes and the taste of well water) is that nature is in constant motion. This wasn’t total news to me—I just hadn’t witnessed it so completely before.
Growing up in town, I tended to see the changes in nature as broad strokes—bouquets of fresh-cut tulips that my mom carried in from the backyard or piles of leaves raked up and ready for jumping. I missed the small but telling details of a world in constant motion until I went walking in it every day and saw it stretch out in all directions from our windows. Continue reading →
When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. — Eckhart Tolle
How you would feel if the world was so overwhelming and you were so overridden with anxiety that you could not even walk out the front door of your apartment?
This is the exact predicament that Tom Cronin, meditation teacher and founder of The Stillness Project, found himself in when his world fell wildly out of control and he literally crashed — physically, emotionally and mentally.
Mindfulness meditation is a huge phenomenon – and a multibillion-dollar industry – in the United States.
It’s being used to help soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, to assist schoolchildren with attention difficulties and to bring stress relief from the hospital bed to the boardroom to the bedroom.
In fast-paced, multitasking modern America, mindfulness is used both to take a vacation from our hectic lives and to help us manage ever more work and stimulation in a mindful manner. Continue reading →
There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. It comes together with other energy forms from other instances, and so after some years you have a “painbody,” an energy entity consisting of old emotion.
It lives in human beings, and it is the emotional aspect of egoic consciousness. When the ego is amplified by the emotion of the painbody, the ego has enormous strength still — particularly at those times. It requires very great presence so that you can be there as the space also for your painbody, when it arises. Continue reading →
Whether you’re new or old to mindfulness, you’ve likely heard the definition that it is a “intentional non-judgmental awareness of the present moment.” There’s a lot of confusion around the term non-judgment. Years ago, before I began being more intentional with a mindfulness practice I had a friend practicing meditation and he told me that he was practicing being completely detached from everything in a non-judgmental way. That didn’t seem too fun to me. Today, many of us can still be confused by this term, so what does it really mean? Continue reading →