PRACTICE

THE DAILY PRACTICE
Sacred Space

 We wash our bodies daily, clean our clothes weekly; but how often do we rinse our minds?

From the moment we awaken until we fall asleep we are exposed to over 90 million suggestions each day via advertising, conversations, news, music, internet, and the bombardment of printed images plastered throughout our physical society.  Our minds are active dynamic states of consciousness and reacts to each and every implication it is subjected to now or later whether we know it or not.
 
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR YOUR OWN ORIGINAL THOUGHT UNLESS YOU CLEAR THE SPACE FOR IT DAILY.
YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER YOUR OWN MIND UNTIL YOU CAN RINSE IT CLEAN OF OUTSIDE DISTRACTIONS AT WILL.
 
You will know you need this daily rinse if at the beginning of attempting this practice you cannot keep your eyes focused (keep trying)…if you can’t control your eyes, it is a clear sign that you may not be in control of your mind.  The following practice is a simple beginning to regaining that innate ability to be captains of our own “ship.”
 
 
A Daily Rinse Practice:
 
1 to 5 minutes 
AM or PM – upon rising or just before bed.
Light a single candle in your sacred space.
Sit comfortable at near eye level to the candle
Gaze into the base of the flame
Breath in and out equally for the count of 4 to regulate your breathing
Breath in through the mouth and out through the nose  (Fire element breath)
Continue to gaze at the flame without blinking until you can no longer keep eyes open then let them close.
Try to keep your focus on the residual flame in your mind for as long as possible.
 
Benefits:  This exercise creates an awareness of “Mind Space.”  Focus on the flame and breath eliminates mind chatter that generates fear and worries  brought on my all the messages that pour into the mind from the outside world.  It gives witness to the “real” calm of “Being” and opens the portal to receive the messages from the “inside” world….the True self, where thoughts originate.
 
I prefer to do this in my morning practice but there are some days when I have much to unwind so I will “rinse” before bed as well even if only for a moment.
Namaste!
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Published on October 30, 2010 at 10:05 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Give thanks for sharing this.

    Blessings


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