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I practice inner body awareness techniques lying on my back on the bed in the Savasana pose or Corpse pose. (See further benefits of this practice)
I then move my awareness through the body. In the beginning I used a guided yoga nidra meditation.
Now I am practiced enough to guide myself through this body sensing exercise.
There are two important things to be aware of as a beginner. These are:-
- You will probably fall asleep.
- Your mind will distract you.
It’s OK to fall asleep but try not to.
Do not concern yourself if the mind occasionally draws your attention out of the body and you lose yourself in some thought. As soon as you notice that this has happened, just return to the inner body.
Please note: Your personal mind WILL distract you.
A focus of fifteen seconds may not sound long to a sage such as Eckhart Tolle, but for the average distracted Westerner this is probably equivalent to eternity.
One should expect to be distracted by the mind because the mind is like a monkey on a chain; it goes everywhere other than be present in the moment.
You have not failed because you find that your mind has wandered off to ‘think about’ whether you have enough time to juggle with the tasks that are part and parcel of your everyday life situation.
The extent to which you notice that your mind has wandered means that you have become attentive and present.
Don’t get into a success versus failure mindset!
Don’t entertain thoughts like, “I’m not good at this.” Be gentle. Be kind. You are at the cutting edge of evolution here.
You are, as Eckhart Tolle says in The Power of Now, awakening from the dream of form, the separate sense of personal self that is the primary cause of most unnecessary suffering.
The paradox is this. You awaken from the dream of form by being well in-formed and fully present in the form called the body.
In this simple practice, you follow the invitation that opens The Power of Now.
You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. This is how important you are.—Eckhart Tolle
In time, and it takes time, there comes the spiritual sign or signs that there is a deeper intelligence running your life beyond the sense of the personal self.
This is where you are attuning with the Presence within. Life becomes less routine and more magical.
All this is happening from within. You turn within and allow the Presence of the One Life to live through you and as you.
When you are unoccupied for a few minutes, and especially last thing at night before falling asleep and first thing in the morning before getting up, “flood your body with consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle
Close your eyes, Lie flat on your back. Choose different parts of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first.