I can ride my bike with no handlebars!!

so for the past few days I have been practicing really being present, and it’s been so peaceful. Challenging, but when I managed to snap myself out of my thought trans, I felt the deepest peace I have felt in my heart.

On Sunday I rode my bike to work, and I practiced being present (mindful) while riding it. My mind kept drifting in thoughts, but I kept brining my focus back to my breath and body. Well, something magical happened. For the FIRT TIME EVER I was about to let go of the handlebars for longer than a millisecond. Each attempted lasted about 30 second, but it was so exhilarating. The whole ride was!

I was reminded of the this song the Handlebars song by Flobots, which interesting enough was what I kept listening to when I first read Eckhart and discovered the power of being present 5 years ago. I was walking on air back then, I am a little closer to earth now, but it’s the only way to be. You are only truly living, when you are here, in the present moment, and not lost in your thoughts.

If you like the song by Flobots, I recommend creating a pandora station. It will play all kinds of amazingly conscious hiphop songs!

Sound Healing!

I was a bit hesitant to go to a sound healing gathering, I thought it might be too weird for my taste, but really it was amazing!!! I had never been able to sit still in meditation for 45 minutes. I would normally not be able to sit still for even 10 minutes. I have to say that being present was the key element that helped me with it, and also important was that the conductor of the session, Lynda from Sacred Roots, was very sweet, genuine, and open.

I don’t think anything has been as wonderful and as effective in bringing me peace as being present. I find it somewhat easy. It is not easy to maintain it, but it’s not a difficult exercise. Doesn’t require intellect, sitting for hours, or chanting, it’s a matter of shifting your focus. It is accessible at any given instant, you just have to shift your attention to your thoughts. Recognize your thinking voice as a voice, not as yourself. Imagine that someone else is talking, when you think. That is all!! literally! You don’t have to stop the thought, there is nothing you have to do but to watch it, then shift your focus to your breath.

What you will notice happening is that you will continuously identify with your thought and the voice in your head as yourself.. you might say “well obviously I am the one thinking”. No, it’s your mind.. your mind is talking.. and you are listening to it like it’s you. You are the consciousness that observes the mind. This seems abstract but if you only listen to your thoughts, then you have created a space, there is you, and then there is your thoughts, you as the watcher is the real you. Why is it the real you? Because there is peace in it, true peace, comfort and presence.

The Eckhart Tolle interview I posted yesterday explains it perfectly.

Also wanted to share this (6×6 inches, acrylic) painting I did today, which was so much fun to do, because I stayed present (mindful) I can say about 80% of the time I was painting it. There is great joy to be experienced when things are done in the state of awareness.

10985364_10152627797538021_6182379753584840456_nIt needs a some adjustments but not bad for 4 hours and no under drawing!! 🙂 so much fun!!

Recovering!

I woke up later than what I had set as much challenge, but despite it all I took my cold shower.

Last night I thought: “Tomorrow I’ll take a warm shower to relax”, but this morning, I just felt like a cold shower was needed. so after I jump right under, It felt cleansed, in a spiritual way. My mind started to quite. I felt so calm and relaxed, like a load was taken off my shoulders.

I always make up songs under the cold shower, and today, Inspired by Ibeyi’s River

(not the same beat) I sang “I come to you water” ” I give you this load” “take it all away” “wash me with love”. It felt so nurturing, which is what I needed after yesterday’s frustration.

I also forgot to share the video blog inspired by my morning pages from the day before so here it is..

Transcending Suffering:

I have realized that I just need to be.. doing has it’s place, but being is so important for sanity!

Today I will heal myself.