Bird Eye View

Imagine you were a bird. Perched in a tree, peering through your bird-eyes at the world. You have no cultural identification nor ever think of your past or entertain any inclinations to plan a future. The vast landscape requires no labels. Tall branches provide comfort and shelter. Nature provides nourishment. There is no good or bad, only varying sensations. Sunlight, wind, rain, snow — terrestrial elements unfolding naturally without judgment; only instinct guiding your way. Your bird-self maintains no sense of possession over the little-bitty birds that have long since fled the nest, nor ownership of the tree you’re perched in. Upon hearing a melodic trail of twitterings from the neighboring branch, a bubbling up arises inside you. Unable to contain yourself for even a moment longer your wings open. Feeling the soft breeze upon them you slowly lean into it, diving into the warm current.

Have you ever touched the moment?

Would you like to try?

Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Upon opening your eyes, slowly scan the room, taking in as many details as you can, noticing colors, textures, shapes and sounds. There is no need to label them. Simply notice. Now, when you are done, look at your hand, extend your index finger and touch the tip of your nose.

…Five minutes later…

Good.

This is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the process by which momentary engagement is developed. It’s not a technique to bestow rapture or bliss but it is a method of discovering peace. Our six sense doors (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, and thought) are the means by which we experience the world. The first of the five senses are merely the methods by which the brain receives data. It is the mind that however, that evaluates and tosses the tinted cloth over the experience labeling it as something.

Mindfulness is the constant focus and re-focusing — moment to moment to moment, on the object of our awareness. If listening, we focus on listening; if putting on shoes, we focus on putting on our shoes. This means directing full awareness upon the object of attention: the feeling of the sock on the foot, the sound made sliding the foot into the shoe, the pliancy of the fabric, the sensation of the toe slipping along the bottom…

Momentary engagement is not a misnomer. As science has taught us, all objects in the universe are bundles of energy vibrating at varying frequencies. Nothing is static. From moment to moment to moment everything in our world is changing. Mindfulness swings opens the gate of focused awareness supporting our engagement. It helps us to be more detailed employees, better friends and attentive parents. Developing this skill weaves a translucent thread of lucidity throughout the fabric of our existence. But most importantly, it opens the doors to be the fullest expression of ourselves, inviting in authentic aspects of our being that we haven’t connected with in a very long time.

The steps for developing mindfulness are deceptively simple. Execution however, does not come without its complications. The challenge lies within the realm of our thoughts, the single most distracting element to our experience of the current moment. We are forever pulled into reflections of the past, dreams of the future and into the application of those colorful tags of judgment.

The process can be misleading, as it is not the silencing of our thoughts that opens the door to engagement. It is momentary engagement that is the key to silencing our thoughts. By focusing intently upon the task at hand there is no room for discursive thinking to populate the quiet space in our mind. Judgment ceases and for the moment, we can just be.

Mindfulness is not a permanent state of awareness. It is an ongoing process that develops the richness of our experience because of our ability to be within the frame of the current moment without our thoughts getting in the way. It is a skill that can be practiced every second of every day — and just like meditation, will not be developed simply by reading about it.

Once we have touched the moment, even if only briefly, it is an experience worth savoring. Perhaps at first, it is only for fractions of a second, but with practice this grows into minutes, eventually enriching every aspect of our life-experience. Upon hearing a melodic trail of twitterings, a bubbling up arises inside you. Unable to contain yourself for even a moment longer your wings open. Feeling the soft breeze upon them you slowly lean into it, diving into the warm current.

~ by Christine Fowle

Regulating Your Thoughts and Emotions

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Tame the mind

If our mind is like a wild animal and our society is its prison, how do we create peace?
Do we tame the wild beast to conform and behave while it is imprisoned?
Or
Do we let it go back to its natural environment?

If you believe we should let it go free, then why can’t we free our minds from the bombardment of constant noise, presenting as wild thoughts?
Why can’t we free our own minds from the restrictions we have created through our perceptions?

We must realize that there are infinite possibilities in the way perceive something and that perception itself can not be real, even though it may appear real to us.
Once we begin to realise this, we can begin to remove the restrictions that society has imposed upon us. I can help with hypnosis and mindfulness but I can’t help if you don’t want to challenge these beliefs.

Dean E

The noise of breakfast

My Sunday morning experience featured a waterfront cafe with a fresh and exciting breakfast menu, bubbling with enthusiastic and energetic people…..or so it seemed.

Once my own mind was quiet enough, I began to observe the behaviours of all those around me. This is an account of my observations:
The noise was deafening, not due to a high decibel measured volume, but due to the mental noise that was infesting the environment. Eyes were darting from left to right, up and down, while head and body parts took on sudden jerk like movements and as I scanned the entire premises, I could not observe physical stillness from anyone.

It was as if I started to see and feel the mental madness that was surrounding me. I call it madness, even though many may perceive it as “normal” because everyone was paying time and money for an experience, yet no one appeared present or aware enough to actually notice what they were paying for.

I did not observe anyone even glancing at the calm bay that surrounded us. No one looked at their own meals for more than a fleeting second, instead they were preoccupied in shovelling it down the throat or talking to the person next to them. Some may argue that a cafe breakfast is a social experience, yet my observations were showing me that people were not actively listening to each other, instead they were listening to the noise in their own head that was creating and calculating judgements, associations and responses without allowing things to simply be.

I realize that my observations are subjective and biased as I can not possibly know what people think, however my own state was calm enough to acknowledge a sense of energy about people and the environment. This energy was interpreted as overstimulated mental noise.This mental noise appeared to dominate peoples experience, giving little room for the other senses to tune into scenery, sounds, smells, textures and tastes. This in turn places people in a state where their reality is based upon the noise in their head, rather than the actual moment of NOW.

Dean Efthimiou

Our conditioned mind

How many possible ways can you view the same thing (for example – a tree)?

Your adult eyes often label and define it is a tree based on education, learning and experiences
A large man may see the tree as small, where a small man may see it as large
A lumberjack may see it as an object to cut down
A conservationist may see it is an innocent victim of modern society that needs protecting
One farmer may see it as a shade barrier for his stock
While another farmer can see the monetary value in selling it as firewood
A biologist may focus on the type of species that it has been labelled
A bird watcher may be interested in the upper branches where nests may be hiding
An indigenous person may view it as sacred
A herbalist may view it as medicine
One child may view it as a wonderful object to climb and explore
While another child may see it as a hazardous object that is home to insects that bite

Our MIND determines how we see anything
There can NEVER be an absolute or correct way of viewing one thing,
as there are infinite possibilities to the way we see a tree

Therefore, there are many possibilities to the way we perceive our problems,
only limited by the conditioning of our mind.

The hypnosis and mindfulness I try and practice is aimed at deconditioning our conditioned view of ourselves and the world around us.

Dean Efthimiou