We have a tendency to operate on autopilot - especially if we are doing something mundane and monotonous, but we challenge ourselves to quietly concentrate on what we are doing, observing ourselves doing the task...it’s like a wakeful meditation and it’s not easy to achieve.
The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not “the thinker.”
The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.
You then begin to realise that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence.
You also realise that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind.
You begin to awaken.
Our minds are full of trivia, but we need to let go of all that stuff and create space to be here, right now. Those of us who are happy with little will probably find it easier to do. We feel no need to be rushing around, looking for things to fill our day and are more than happy to sit quietly, doing nothing, being idle...not slumped in front of a TV or with a device or book in hand, but being...just being.
We very much enjoy watching our new little friend, Tiky...he is a sweet and gentle kitty and loves to watch the birds while sitting on the back of the sofa. He can be intrigued with one bird at a time, following its journey from bush to bush, no aggressive cat chatter; just quiet fascination. He spotted a fly on the window yesterday and instead of swiping at it – he was mesmerised for a long time, without losing concentration. He was in the moment, no longer a cat on a sofa, but a being lost in time.
Those moments are wonderful when we lose track...many of us probably have days where we are having so much fun that time flies and then other days when we feel stuck in sludge and everything takes forever to do. We don’t have watches or rarely carry devices around with us, so very often we have no idea of the time. We live in nature and when we are not working – we wake when it starts getting light, eat when we feel hungry and sleep when it gets dark. There are no set rules and it makes for a simple life, we can observe ourselves and the world around us, take time to be in the now and just be.
Living this way is simple and we are seeing and meeting more and more folks who are making this choice - smaller income, less outgoings, slowing down, being in nature and feeling immense joy to have broken away from the collective thought-patterns that keep humans trapped and often miserable. Being present alleviates fear and suffering and enables people to become more conscious and live a liberated life...so what are you waiting for?
Love Kay and Sime xx