Dipping back into Buddha’s Brain, I have been trying to be more mindful in everyday tasks. Was walking by the harbour, trying to be aware of the feeling of walking and the bright beauty of the water, the sharp lines of the boats against the misty hills – and thought ” this is the feeling of life – of actually being alive, the essence of what all animals share.” Is this prayer.
I read (was it Jung?) that there is normally a veil between us and the collective unconscious and at times of great emotion it thins so we can see through as feelings rise like waves either side of a trough, leaving a permeable skin. I have always thought that that is why moments of deep sorrow like funerals are cathartic. The trick would be to be able to see through without having to attract dramatic scenarios. (Is that why people like watching tragedies and murders on TV?) I can’t because the evil and anguish breaks through.
Anyway, to return to my musings on energy: is the heroism balancing the evil? In wartime Britain, people “pulled together” and barriers broke down, but this went in peace time and many speak nostalgically of the “wartime spirit”.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Buddha’s Brain: Awareness of the body increases right- brain activity – and away from mindless chatter. Have always found that it helps going to sleep if I put my brain into visual mode – must be the same thing. Am now concentrating on breathing into my body – directing my breath first to feet and then legs, etc. ending with my head. It works very well and helps relax or sleep.
He also suggests not fighting thoughts, which makes them more persistent, but acknowledging them and sending them on their way – that way they stop nagging for attention. I have certainly found that arguing with or blocking thoughts does NOT work.