When we stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we’re open to rich sources of information we’ve been missing out on. Information that can keep us out of the downward spiral and poised for a richer life.
Two thoughts cannot coexist at the same time. If the clear light of mindfulness is present, there is no room for mental twilight.
Why not try this brief sitting practice – smile into the body – 5-10minutes exercise
This ‘smile’ softens the body and brings an almost instant sense of calm. Begin by adopting a comfortable, (dare I say, dignified!) sitting position, in a quiet space.
Allow any thoughts – whether bad or good – to pass you like a cloud in the sky.
Let us begin….
- Join your hands, with both thumbs, and the fingers of one hand resting in those of the other.
- Focus on your breathing. Let each breath unfold by itself, neither lengthening it, or expanding and deepening it. Allow the body to breathe itself, and pay witness to its miraculous breath, coming and going.
- When you feel settled, having breathed like this for a few minutes, allow a gentle smile to arise on your face. Notice how it softens all the facial muscles, and how breath by breath, this softening and relaxing moves further and further into every cell of your body. Soon your whole body will be a gentle, soft smile.
- Sit with this for a while and simply ‘be’, moment by moment.