Eckhart Tolle once explained why the practice of mindfulness is so crucial and so powerful. With every breath, he said, we walk on the edge of Time, between Past and Future, which is the Present.
When you are anchored in the Present, “nothing that is not who you are in your essence, can survive in you.”
This means that Zen practices have as their highest aim that you start to feel and express your Essence. It is to help you discover and become Who You Are.
And with that comes the awareness of the true state of your life – without the pains and distress. When you detach yourself from what is not you, you elevate the experience of that which you are.
By bringing your awareness back to your most intimate feeling, you immediately feel what is most valuable in your life: the presence of people you love, the art you create, the smell of garden flowers, a sunny sky ...
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance”, says Tolle.
Maybe trusting this can transform your life.
Sometimes it is so hard for me to take five minutes out of my busy schedule. When I think of taking time for myself, I feel the pressure (there is never enough time!), duty and fear of uncompleted tasks. My brain can find dozens of excuses why not to take a break: There is no quiet place to go, it is too far. What if someone calls me during my break? What if I miss an important client? I am in a hurry; I have to write this e-mail… Blah blah blah.
I have learned that these are only thoughts and not necessarily a real situation. What I always do is to stop and ask myself a simple question: Is my work truly that important that I cannot take five minutes of »me time«? Asking this question, it is easier for me to leave the sense of duty behind and MAKE A DECISION to take a break. Five minutes is enough to calm down, focus and gain a new energy which makes me feel more productive. After that I am feeling happy and grateful for showing myself love and care.
For me it is so comfortably easy to worry and feel like a poor boy crying over fears instead of finding a solution and do something. It exhausts me and it takes my life from me. So I decided to give it a try and switch my worries for thankful thoughts. The soothing thoughts of gratitude create a light peaceful feeling in my stomach and chest. At first, it wasn't easy to find things to be grateful for. So I asked myself: What if I wouldn't have all these things that I have now? I quickly became aware of how lucky I am to have them. Yes, I am grateful for the inspiring book that I am reading, I am grateful for my ears so I can enjoy music, I am grateful for my apartment where I feel safe and warm… As soon as the feeling of gratitude fills my heart I become much less worried. It helps me to switch my mood instantly. I see a bigger picture of myself and feel more powered. My worries became a starting point for creating the solutions and do specific actions to achieve the life that I want. But it all starts with a simple act: One minute of grateful thoughts. At some days I do it dozen times a day. And it worked out every time. I am grateful that I show love to myself with paying attention to my mood so I can be sure that I will persistently nurture myself even 100x times a day if needed.
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