present-moment

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. As soon as you honour the present moment, unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.
—  Eckhart Tolle

A FORGIVING MOMENT

Don’t try to forgive.
Forgiveness is not a ‘doing’. Simply accept that this moment is exactly the way it is right now.
And the past was the way it was.

Accept your non-acceptance in the present.
Forgive your inability to forgive.
Feel your breath, the sensations in your body, the life that burns brightly in you.

Everyone is doing their best, even when it seems like they are doing their worst.
Everyone is dreaming or having a nightmare, battling with pain you may never understand.
You don’t have to condone their actions.
You may not be able to wake them up.
You don’t have to like what happened.

Simply let go of the illusion
that it could have been any different.
You are different now, anyhow.
Don’t focus on something
you have no control over.
The past is a distant land.

Bring your attention back to this moment,
Your source of true power.
Your place of connectedness.

Wake up from the dream
That anyone has any power
To take away your inner peace.

Drop the need to be right.
Embrace the need to be free.
Come out of the story of 'my life’.
Reclaim the moment.
Be here, in your new life.
Show up for this brand new day.

This is forgiveness. 

- Jeff Foster

#TuesdayTruth

5 Tips To Starting A Meditation Practice

Anyone who’s tried to meditate knows that it is difficult to sit perfectly still with a clear mind and be present. So here are some tips to help you on your way to developing a meditation practice:

1. Take it slow - many of us are jumping into our first meditation with the intention of meditating for 30 minutes or 1 hour. This can cause you to keep checking the time and getting frustrated when you realise it’s only been 32 seconds. Take it slow and start with 1 minute each day, then 5 minutes and build yourself up over time.

2. Exercise - being able to sit still for any amount of time can be difficult, exercising before your meditation can allow you to ease into the practice. Think of the meditation as your mental warm-down after your workout - whether it be after lifting weights or running - the meditation helps to balance the yang energy of your workout with the yin energy of relaxation.

3. What’s the next thought? - it can be extremely difficult to empty the mind and allow yourself to be completely present, especially when your mind becomes overrun with thoughts of things you have to do later in the day. This is where my favourite question for meditation comes in - what’s the next thought? - this forces us to acknowledge that all thoughts pass and after asking this a few times the mind can become clear of thought and you can be present.

4. Senses - another great way to tune into the present moment and reap the benefits of meditation is to use your senses to ground yourself in the now. The senses force us to be aware of what’s going on right now - the sounds, smells, tastes, touches and sights that are happening all around us are reminding us to be in the now.

5. Lessons - integrate what you’ve learned after your meditations. This may be different perspectives you’ve gained from being in the now - realising what’s truly important to you, the value of being present and how to deal with your problems effectively.

Meditation has many benefits for all of us - think of it as your time to receive downloads from the universe. Since meditation teaches us to appreciate the now - why not start your practice today?

Use your meditations as time to be present with yourself.

Peace & positive vibes.

Allowing Moments to Speak

‘The Italian poet Cesare Pavese wrote in his journal that we never remember days, we remember only moments. And Zen teaches tell us that this moment is the only one we’ll ever have. Perhaps this is a better way of looking at enlightenment. It’s not achieving or gathering something. Nor is it losing or overcoming something else. It’s simply stepping outside of the room you’re in and allowing the door to open. It’s checking the ceiling overhead and cleaning up the spills beneath your feet.’

- Gary Thorp: The Dust Beyond the Cushion, in the Fall 2002 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

#WednesdayWisdom

5 Mindfulness Hacks For Tuning Into The Now

Mindfulness is the practice of being in the now as much as possible because our bodies are always present, but our minds rarely are. Mindfulness is a great way to begin your spiritual practice because it requires less discipline than meditation and can allow us to clear the mind without having to do anything other than paying attention to the now.

1. Nature - ground yourself. When in nature observe the natural flow of things. There’s no such thing as perfect in nature, no perfect circles, no straight lines - this reminds us to take the pressure off ourselves and allow ourselves to simply be as we are instead of trying to live up to certain standards & expectations.

2. Sounds - hear what’s happening now. Tuning into the now is how we clear the mind of the clutter that is distracting us from living our lives - any time spent outside of the now is wasted because the past is dead & the future hasn’t happened yet. Regardless of where you are or what you’re doing you can close your eyes and tune into the present moment by listening to what’s going on around you (probably not a good idea to do this while you’re driving).

3. Sight - be still & watch your environment. The lifestyles we live can keep us on the go which causes our minds to drift out of the now, being still allows us to take note of what’s happening around us and remind ourselves to be present. Watch the birds flying, water flowing & leaves moving in the breeze and remember that the now is all that exists.

4. Breath - conscious breathing. Short, sharp breathing can activate our fight or flight response - therefore it’s imperative for us to breathe consciously. Take a long inhalation (around 6 seconds), hold it for a few seconds and release for about 8 seconds. When releasing the breath focus on how it makes you feel and release with the intention of inviting relaxation into your body. Breathing in a conscious way keeps our attention in the now because we are focusing on the sensations we feel in the body - in the now.

5. Touch - a physical reminder of where you are. Running your fingers over something that reminds you to be in the now is a great way to tune into the present moment. This could be a crystal, a penny or even a toy of some sort - whatever works for you - the reason this is so powerful is because we’re using one of the senses to ground us in the now. Physical touch is a very powerful sense and can be used at any time, if you’re running feel the sensation of your feet hitting the pavement & if you’re driving focus on how the steering wheel feels.

Time doesn’t exist - the present moment is now and forever.

Peace & positive vibes.