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How to adopt continual present moment awareness throughout the day
- Note all movements (walking, lifting arm, etc) and feelings (anger, calm, fear, etc)
- Use a mantra on every breath e.g. Buddho, Buddho.
- Note the posture when sitting, standing, walking and laying down.
- Set a timer to stop and come back to the breath regardless of what one is doing.
Any other ideas?
Despite what my ego/ selfish self or identity tries to tell me, a practice outside of this present moment is little more than a mind game. To the degree that one attends fully to this present nano moment is the same degree to which our practice judgements become meaningless.
Mantra’s more often than not are a form of self-hypnosis, so not necessarily more awareness. Noting is good, but you drift off and lose concentration.
Good thread @Bunks 💗
All these techniques or mud freezing as @how describes, may degenerate into mud swirling BUT they are techniques of polishing a rock that is already a mirror …
I have found these are the most useful:
However here is one from a desert mystic I met:
Sweep away your thoughts.
I usually set the snooze on my phone for every thirty minutes throughout the day, though the length of the snooze can fluctuate. Then I use a gatha that Thich Nhat Hahn offered in the book How to Walk that takes me one minute to recite matching it to the breath.
Another technique I use is to close off a sense gate - vision is an easy example. I close my eyes and in that instant...
Words are harder to come by toward the end of that sentence. Perhaps it is something better tried than expressed so I'll stop trying.
As @how has already mentioned...
and by keeping in mind the following...
"Every moment is a moment of events and no moment passes by without an event...One can not notice a moment without noticing events taking place in that moment...Therefore the 'moment' one tries to pay bare attention to, is the 'present moment..."
The present moment is shy and won't make it presence known/felt if "I" attempt to seek it out....
The other day whist out walking I spied a Tui in a bush nearby ...I wanted to capture the moment, so with my phone camera at the ready I approached the bush, but every time I thought "Ah I have a good shot now" the Tui would move out of sight...Just like the present moment....
@Shoshin1 Whatever you think, that is you?
Don't think of a lobster!
Tsk, tsk. There you are.
Who would have thought …
What else can we not think of?