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Buddha would say ...


| 13 November 2023

Buddha would say, "Move, walk, but be filled with consciousness. Know inwardly you are walking. " You are not to use any words; you are not to use any thoughts. You are not to say inside, "I am walking," because if you say it then you are not aware of walking - you have become aware of your thought, and you have missed walking. Just be somatically aware - not mentally. Just remember that you are walking. Create a somatic awareness, a sensitivity, so that you can feel directly without mind coming in.

The wind is blowing - you are feeling it. Don't use words. Just feel, and be mindful of the feeling. You are lying down on the beach, and the sand is cool, deeply cool. Feel it! - don't use words. Just feel it - the coolness of it, the penetrating coolness of it. Just feel! Be conscious of it', don't use words. Don't say, "The sand is very cool. " The moment you say it you have missed an existential moment. You have become intellectual about it.

You are with your lover or with your beloved: feel the presence; don't use words. Just feel the warmth, the love flowing. Just feel the oneness that has happened. Don't use words, don't say, "I love you," you will have destroyed it. The mind has come in. And the moment you say, "I love you," it has become a past memory. Just feel without words. Anything felt without words, felt totally without the mind coming in, will give you a mindfulness.

You are eating: eat mindfully’, taste everything mindfully. Don't use words. The taste is itself such a great and penetrating thing. Don't use words and don't destroy it. Feel it to the core. You are drinking water: feel it passing through the throat; don't use words. Just feel it, be mindful about it. The movement of the water, the coolness, the disappearing thirst, the satisfaction that follows - feel it!

You are sitting in the sun: feel the warmth; don't use words. The sun is you. There is a deep communion. Feel it! In this way, a somatic, bodily awareness is developed. If you develop a bodily awareness, again mind comes to a stop. Mind is not needed. And if mind stops, you are again thrown into the deep unconscious. With a very, very deep alertness you can penetrate. Now you have a light within you, and the darkness disappears.

Those who are bodily oriented, for them it is good to be somatically mindful. For those who are not bodily oriented it is better to be conscious of breathing.

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