I’ve been off scouring the Internet for the creme de la creme of helpful tools for mindful living, and found this little gem from Eckhart Tolle:
“Suffering needs time, it cannot survive in the now.”
Wow! Talk about ending suffering in one sentence or less!
Ah, yet I know it can still remain just a concept without self awareness. And sometimes habit mind is already off and running before awareness kicks in, what to do then?
So I also found this exercise which is a perfect grounding tool to help bring us back around to fully inhabiting the present moment:
“Take your thumb and connect it with your pinky, take 5 deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Do the same with your ring finger, then your middle finger, then your index finger. Then finally, bring all 5 fingers together and take 5 deep breaths.” (excerpted from thespirtscience.net)
I have used this exercise several times a day since I first came across it, and have also found it a successful tool to use during night time wakefulness, especially when it’s accompanied with being anywhere but in the now. Great tool over all to use day or night!
And finally one more mindfulness quote. This one is from Thich Nhat Hanh who is a beautiful resource for walking meditation. I am especially appreciating him right now as he was seriously ill earlier this fall, but seems to have recovered.
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
Try that, even if just for a few moments – habit mind takes a holiday, while your feet are kissing (and connecting with) the earth and the result is pure bliss!
May we all experience less suffering and greater freedom and peace!