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Practice Continuously Like a Chain
"To cultivate self-awareness, we must practice as much as possible."
"Someone might say, 'I am very busy. I do not have time to practice. I cannot do it, I am not pure enough.'
These are excuses.
If we intend to so something, we can find time to do it. Whatever we do, be aware.
If you are a teacher, when you pick up a pen, pick it up with awareness.
While you are writing, be aware.
This is the natural way of cultivating self-awareness, learning Dhamma with nature.
While you are having a meal: pick up the spoon, be aware;
Take the food into your mouth, be aware.
While you are chewing food, be aware; swallowing food, be aware."
"If you are serious enough and practice continuously like a chain or the hands of the clock that rotate all the time.
To practice continuously like a chain or like the rotating hands of the clock does not mean that you have to cultivate self-awareness by doing rhythmic arm movement or walking back and forth all the time. The word 'to practice all the time' means to be aware while doing all daily tasks; washing clothes, sweeping floor, cleaning house, washing dishes, writing, or buying and selling, just be aware. This awareness will accumulate little by little like the raindrops fall into a good container and fill it to the brim."
"Keep on practicing. Let Panna (Insight) itself penetrate the Objects of Insight. There is no need to learn from any teacher or scripture."
There are certain techniques to do certain jobs in order to achieve the end.
In the same way, the cultivating of self awareness to achieve Sati - Samadhi - Panna (Awareness - Attention - Insight) needs technique too.
Do not sit still.
Move rhythmically all the time. Do not close your eyes."
~LUANGPOR TEEAN JITTASUBHO
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Source: A Manual of Self-Awareness