Adya Shanti calls it Resting As Awareness, Eckhart Tolle calls it letting go of the egoic mind, Breema calls it no hurry, no hesitation, and Paul Casey calls it surrendered focus. In Jeffrey Brantley’s book “Calming Your Anxious Mind”, he states: “Practicing mindfulness means learning to relax and stay present with a non-judging and friendly awareness. Mindfulness is cultivated by paying attention–on purpose and carefully–to the contents of this moment in a friendly and allowing way”. In his book, mindfulness is developed through a daily practice of meditation.
This is my second month meditating and I am watching my thoughts, and feeling some of the anxiety, fear, impatience and grief usually attached to the more powerful ones (thoughts), the ones my “pain-body” (Eckhart again) is addicted to. Also I hear the ones that excite me, that make me want to jump up and do something. I focus back on my breathing, as the book suggests. I am open to feeling the vast super-consciousness ‘under’ my thoughts that connects me to all planetary life and that is the source of inspiration and my truth.
I listen to the music/sounds of the meditation tape. I practice non-judgment of my thoughts. It is striking to me that I am not my thoughts, that they are thinking me, that I am not much in control of them. Any effort to control them is more thinking and efforting. In order to stay calm in the moment, I must not judge them, or if I do, I must notice that I am in judgment again and feel compassion. It is such a relief to know I don’t have to do anything, not even try to control my thoughts. I am already enlightened, right here, right now. Adya says there are no paths to enlightenment, all the paths are thought forms leading AWAY from this enlightened moment. There is nothing to DO. Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.