I love listening to Eckhart tolle and reading his books ‘The power of Now’ and ‘A New Earth’
In our day to day life we can use every situation as a time to Practice being mindful. We must first become aware of the times when we are unconscious.
“What are the moments of life that tend to trigger unconsciousness in you?” says Eckhart
Unconsciousness, spiritually speaking, means that you are ‘taken over’ by reactive habitual patterns of thinking and behavior. You become angry, defensive, moody or negative.
Some people are very mindful … until money issues come up, and then there is fear and panic. For others it’s jealousy that takes them over or it could be that when you talk to certain people (like your parents) you ‘lose it’ in some way, maybe becoming frustrated, judgmental or impatient. Take a moment and look at the last week or even just the last day and see what has triggered you to become unconscious. This way, these triggers lose their power to pull us into unconsciousness and negativity.
We can now meet those triggers from a new place of heightened awareness and can choose new responses rather than ‘falling into’old reactions.
Ok I’ve had quite a few today already After visiting an elderly client for her weekly reflexology session I couldn’t help but notice how impeccably neat her house was. Everything had its place and was so colour co-ordinated. I couldn’t help but feel envious of this lady, which sounds so strange as she is in great pain all day and it takes her great effort just to get out of bed. But even so I did and I left her house heading straight for mine.
I must minimise my life and create an order. But with three kids, a dog and 2 guinea pigs it just isn’t going to be that easy. My partner arrives home to chaos and I’m sure he is away to sit down and watch TV, well that would irritate me greatly. So I suggest he helps as I need to clear cupboards and drawers and all the kids clothing. I hear him moan from the kitchen about doing the dishes. I can feel anger build up inside me, why can’t he just get on with it and be happy. Then I think we are not suited anymore as he doesn’t think the way I do and he is so moany and shouty and he is just dampening my inner happiness.
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR….all the chaos was created by me for me?? This is one of my triggers. Oh dear lord. AWARENESS kicks in. RETREAT to my bedroom to so some self reflection. And try to start my day from now, with appreciation for any help given and a few hugs here and there and note in my journal.
Thoughts upon thoughts. And relax xx