H.U.G Corner: Thought of the Week 11/19/18
Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World
“If you aren’t used to going within, you will need to be patient with yourself…”
-Barbara De Angelis
A still point involves ceasing what you are doing, breathing and turning your focus within yourself. Some of us are quite comfortable going within ourselves, and do it regularly; others are not so comfortable and find the process daunting and unfamiliar. If you are in the latter group, please heed the advice above and be patient with yourself. Keep in mind a few ideas:
This need not be complicated. The going in does not have to be an active searching for something, but rather simply an awareness, a quiet looking. It is more passive than active. Just being still.
You probably focus within regularly but just don’t call it that. You might find, with naturalist John Muir that “going out (into nature)… was really going in.”
Remember to breathe.
Here are a few thoughts to help you get started within:
What feeling do I notice right now? (Try not to answer what you are thinking.)
Can I pick a word or two which would come close to describing the current state of my soul?
Name a few virtues you know are yours (such as kindness, goodwill, empath…) Does one describe what you see inside yourself now?
Throughout the day today, turn your focus in to become more awake.
-Henry David Thoreau