How do we find our way into Now
Gentle and slow down the physical rhythms, and let go the thinking.
This will lead to NOW.
Allow in the experience of the present moment (incoming sensation), without placing attitude and opinion upon it.
Let go of the labels. We name everything ! Focus on the moment without getting caught up in the labels and the thinking.
How do we find the place which is free from words? - by permitting the breath to go out.
At the very end of the breath where it seems bated, at that point there is no thinking.
Put your attention there or you will miss it.
(Don’t DO breathing, as this leads away from the moment.)
From the naming of objects we gain identity, look for non-verbalisation.
If you place the attention precisely on the sensation there are no words
but as the attention withdraws slightly we experience the verbal objectifying of it.
(try moving the attention in and out of focus with the object and find the point of silent contact)
‘Thought without thinking is as hearing without listening’
Remember the boat in the harbour. It will not leave until you stop asking where it is going.
Direction is enough; you do not need a destination. In all matters consider end-points as if poison to you.
Place the attention upon an object some distance in front of you. Now withdraw the attention some distance from it so that the attention is fixed upon a space without any object present. Objects give us form. Me, myself, I, my, these are devices and are not real. All devices are for you to gain role, identity and security. Gently let go of devices to approach reality.
Let go of the need for thinking and ensure that you can remove yourself from devices easily. Also let go of any seriousness about these truths.
It is the personalisation of mind that makes it work the way it does.
Thinking is the personalisation of thought into insubstantial objective devices.
It is impossible to suffer in this moment, for there is no reminiscence or expectation.
This is called living in the moment.
It helps if you don’t own anything, or to belong to anything
Understanding how we become distracted is central to Satipatthãna and being in the Moment.
We need to come from a place of ease, silence and stillness. Our mind and sense control skills, meditation and relaxation skills are used in the service of these true needs rather than dependencies.
Bare Attention means that one seeks to note the input of the senses, identifying how we react to that sensation and create opinion.
It also provides skills that help us to contain the concentration and attention within appropriate parameters, to meet the needs of what we are doing.
It is important to place the attention in all the various activities that we do rather than choosing those that we feel are right or good.
This both exposes activities that are in service of dependencies as well as undermining the setting up of spiritual quests where we might only give attention to the result, and avoid seeing the true nature of each moment.
During any action when an obvious strong distraction arises do not cling to the meditation object forcing the attention with some hope of 100% concentration but rather place the attention fully on the distraction, by its very nature it will subside and you can return the attention to the original meditation object. We thus avoid clinging to the result and observe the nature of mind during the process.
Feel for the space under the armpits.
Feel for space between the teeth and inside the groin.
The more space you experience, the closer you are to Now.
Put your attention in these spaces and you are very close to Now.
good luck and enjoy the Moment
It starts with letting go