by John Hawkins | June 30, 2011 1:44 pm
The book is Present Moment Awareness: A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Living in the Now. Enjoy the quotes!
Find a quiet place to sit or lie and relax. Take several deep breaths from deep in your abdomen. Expand the awareness of the present moment to your body by scanning it for any and all sensations. Take enough time to appreciate each feeling. Start with your feet and notice how they feel — literally, how it feels to be alive in your feet. Move your attention to your lower leg and be aware of the sensations you feel there. Next scan the upper leg, then your pelvic region. Watch very carefully for sensations in your abdomen and solar plexus. Be conscious of the muscles of your lower back and acknowledge anything, especially tension. Notice your chest, feel your lungs filling with air and your heart beating. Next observe your upper back and shoulders. Be aware of your arms, then your hands. Observe the sensations in your neck, and when you become very still, you may even feel your pulse. Note the sensations in your face and scalp. — P.19
It is well known that some of Einstein’s grade school teachers were convinced that he was at least mildly retarded. — P.32
…Our life is what our thoughts make it. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus — P.32
The majority of us carry an enormous, though widely varied, set of beliefs that colors our perception and drastically affects our lives. Usually, the more traumatic the events that started a belief, the more tenaciously we cling to them. — P.34
It took having the real ability to buy pretty much anything I wanted to realize that nothing I could buy would provide any lasting satisfaction. — P.39
This is an excellent example of how mind traps work. We tend to only see and move toward what we have in our minds, whether it is our worst nightmare or our grandest dream. The first step out of these mind traps is to adopt what has been called a “beginner’s mind,” which means we should question everything, be inquisitive like a child and see everything with new, unclouded eyes. Buddhists call this kind of questioning “the great nagging doubt.” — P.45
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. — Arthur Somers Roche — P.62
Although some emotions may seem unpleasant, we must fully embrace and accept all of them if we wish to avoid their control of us. The way out of needless suffering is to fully accept the reality of whatever we are feeling. Through our acceptance of our feelings, we can give ourselves more space. This allows us the room we need to take an objective step back and better see the reality of any situation at hand. — P.75
Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those things for which you are angry and grieved. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus — P.87
What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. — Henry Ward Beecher — P.89
What so many miss is that the only way out of our emotional pain is to pass through it. We must face our fears, pure and simple. Our anxiety around those fears is almost always much worse than facing the fears themselves. — P.109
It can be very hard to begin to let go of anger, fear, guilt, self-pity, and the others because not only are they automatic, they are even comforting in their familiarity. — P.116
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