Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Power of Now Meditation

Go out for a 15- to 20-minute walk. Does not matter where - the park, the city, the woods. Don't worry about the noise levels and activity levels in your walking environment. Just get walking.

As you walk, try not to think of anything at all. Just concentrate on your walk, your breath and all the sensory inputs coming in from the external world. But do not think. Do not try to process the sensory inputs with your mind. Don't give more than a passing thought to anything your senses notice or feel. Don't think of the past or the future. Don't think of what you will do after your walk. Don't even think of something 5 minutes into the future. Keep moving.

There are three main channels in which your thoughts can try to go astray - thoughts of the past or the present; thoughts of some other place or person who is not with you right there; judgments or opinions about things and people that are right there in front of you. Be aware of these channels. When your thoughts run along these channels, allow them to pass by like a leaf floating on a river. Don't try to resist any thoughts or follow them. Don't consciously try to add to, subtract from or multiply your thoughts.

Just keep walking. Be totally aware of your surroundings. Keep your mind clear of chatter. Be totally present in the here and now of your walk. Keep moving. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes every day.


Inspired by: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

3 comments:

  1. I was reading the book a couple of days ago. Then, stepped out to go for lunch. That is when this walk happened. It was an amazing experience. Everything in the world felt more real, more vibrant, just more alive. Compared to that, the rest of the life seemed like less real a movie. It was like the difference between watching a movie and living a real life. That walk was like real life.

    I was looking at people with the innocence of a child. Many times, I had heard that phrase 'innocence of a child'. But I had forgotten what it is. And two days back, I felt it. I just looked at people without any judgement or opinion... I was not afraid of letting my eyes linger on strangers, look into their eyes... And when I smiled at them, it was a genuine smile. It was not a fake greeting smile... It was a real smile. Hard to explain what I mean by real smile. I thought I smiled for real all these days. But apparently not.

    All I can think of is it was the difference between real life and a movie.

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  2. That which trancends the illusion of sensory veils, in stillness we find it hidden, and that is nowhere else, and no one else, but us, the very 'I' which is overshadowed by the little 'i'. It's a wonderful write, it states well the moment the experience and the experiencer become one. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I guess I have this experience a couple of times, when I was light on feeling, heavy on stomach :-). We either dont realize journey of experience nor undertake one, for we are too much engrossed in journey of 'expectations'.

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