Mindful Reality is a practice that combats anxiety, depression and stressful thoughts that stem from the belief that we must do something to fix our lives. Grounded in our “physical reality,” we learn to counter inner judgment and “should” thoughts with an awareness that we must always be doing whatever we are doing.
Your body is simply where it is. You can see this. And, here it is again, with the next stroke of the clock. There was nothing to do to make that progression of time or presence in space happen. No effort.
This is how our whole life will be, never anything more complicated, even if there is melodrama in our mind. The body (as a whole) involuntarily occupies space and that is where and what action is, the only doing that will ever take place by any of us.
This doesn’t feel right to the mind that is sure there is more to it all! More work to be done. Where would that work be? It is in the thoughts and physical tension one endures, but there is nothing more to be physically produced than the effortless simplicity of the body on the surface it is on, moving in the specific motions in which it finds itself.
We can see that this is our life, just our ongoing occupation of space. All the actions we will ever execute will take place on the particular ground, chair, couch, bed currently under us. All movements occur by that body, right there.
There is no need to look elsewhere for answers to the persistent, nagging internal question, “What’s the matter?” The mind will always feed a problem/worry response to that query, but that can always be solved by looking at the surface we are on to know that that is the only “matter” required to fix anything, our body falling onto the specific furniture/floor of that moment. See it, feel it, to understand that that is your only action, the only doing necessary (or possible) to fulfill the dire concerns of your mind. There is no room for anything else to ever be occurring. It is only in our imagination that that is possible.
“How will I ever do (such and such)?” “By sitting on this chair, engaged in this task.” This is our action, the only one that will ever exist. It presents automatically, a birthright (for better or worse), no matter how hard we search for some other solution. It will forever be the only route we can take. The good news is that it is the right route.
I want to apologize to you all who follow me that my blog posting has become so infrequent. I have been working hard on my third book (three years into the making now) and unfortunately it has taken a toll on my blogging (and completion of a podcast). But here are some offerings:
1) For those of you who enjoy my perspective, I highly recommend rereading old posts. They are gifts that keep on giving! Simply go to my site and click on the Blog Posts section and they are laid out in chronological order.
2) For others who get something out of my work, I would like to offer a free download of the audiobook for my first book “Body Over Mind: a mindful reality check: attaining psychological freedom by confronting thought with reality” (read by me) from now through January 31, 2019. I have 10 copies to give so please let me know of your interest by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the download instructions to you!
3) Below is a beautiful short youtube for your enjoyment.
Wishing you all peace of mind for this season and the New Year!
I receive joy in knowing we get everything that will ever be for us for free. Nothing can be left out. This is because our body is never not existing in the space. If it is in a state of constant existence, it is in a state of constant somewhereness. Somewhere means engaged in some type of activity (as in the least we are sleeping or sitting on a couch). Existence equals activity. We get activity for free if we exist.Let’s call activity action. We are in a constant state of action. If we exist, we get this action for free. Free means free. What is the opposite of “for free?” Work, payment, owing, inner effort. Understand that continuous action never requires any of these because it comes for free.Existence = Action. It’s a perfect equation. Notice how you are always somewhere, and, therefore, always in some state of action. You get all your productivity for free without work, payment, owing or inner effort. It is safe to stop believing any of these states are necessary to be appropriately productive. Test it out.There mentally resides an illusion that we physically disappear from the world map, the space, and, thus, from our movement/activity/action. With this misperception comes a deep belief that there is something to do to reappear in the space, recreate our activity, generate our actions. This is a delusion because it is impossible to physically disappear. Even post-death bodies organically transform into further states of existence.Notice how it feels/seems like you physically come and go from your movement/activities/actions. Then realize you don’t. See your constant somewhereness by touching the surface you are currently on, putting you some place on the world map. Our constant occupation of space can never be interrupted no matter where we go in our head. Somewhereness, action and productivity are guaranteed states of existence.
I am sharing a new section I have added called “Creative Writing Entries.” These will not show up as a Blog post but instead will remain in their own section you can find under the general Menu. I will, however, alert you to when there is a new entry written, as I am today, with a link, if you are interested. This only reflects my life, and is in the format of a personal journal. It will probably never reflect the work the rest of the blog is focused on. If you find yourself interested, I hope you will enjoy!