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Monday, April 7, 2008

my constant companion, love & comfort - Miss Winn

Well I slipped off my worry pas wagon in the wee hours of the morning, around 3am ... but I didn't fall completely off . Thanks to Eckhart I have been doing really well with my nocturnal habit hey we're wide awake so let's worry (or think about something that's upsetting, self critical, something sad, or maybe some long ago hurt or disturbing memory) habit.

The essence of everything that Eckhart Tolle talks about is being in the present, in the NOW. The is-ness of this very moment. A totally foreign way for us to be. So at 3am, as I lay in the nest of down & flannel surrounded by soft furry bodies. I should not, and do not want to be thinking about past or future and most often unpleasant or negative thoughts ... it's difficult at times to stop myself, to rein myself in. That chatterbox in my head is so used to having it's own way and blathering on non stop 24/7. Eckhart suggests when it is difficult to shut that voice up that you focus on your breath, and if you focus on your breathing, miraculously that chatterbox fades into the distance. I guess it's like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. It works, plus ... deep concentrated breathing is good for you ... I do love a bonus feature. Smile.

I got up a little bit early ... and here I sit, another Monday, still dark outside but the birds are up with me. It's a yoga morning, more breathing and focus. And I will continue today with my new practice of being in, and enjoying, the is-ness of the moment that I'm in.


  1. Well done for remembering Eckhart in the wee hours of the morning.

  2. I think I'm going to have to break down and just get the book. :)

  3. Yes, I just decided that I am also going to break down and buy the book. You sold me on it.

  4. Well, I'm not going to break down and get the book...not wasting any $$$ ... ... lol.....

    ..too complicated,analytical and mind boggling for me anymore...and besides, it is really just a compilation of practices and sayings of many folks who have gone before.... as a matter of fact...straight copying of some.... and similar motivational techniques as we used at dental conventions eons ago....

    however, if you tune in to the Dog Whisperer some day you will also get the same message in much simpler form from Cesar Millan. I love Cesar. His theory is that dogs live in the moment and that we could take lessons from them. They don't care what your name is... they don't care how much money you have...or anything else about you really...they don't care what happened yesterday and they don't worry about what will happen in the future... ... they just "are". He says that he "trains people and rehabilitates dogs". And...besides... it is fun and I can do the treadmill part of my workout at the same time..a bonus feature for me.

    And, now.. off for some brekky... I am using "dog therapy". Eat when I am hungry... pee when I have to ... run if the spirit moves me.... and play the rest of my day..... wheeeeee... this is much more fun....

  5. I also recommend (highly) watching or listening to the classes for each of 10 chapters hand in hand with reading the book (available to download at Oprah's site or for you Mac gals out ther - on itunes). And, it has been a tremendous help, not to mention joy, to be embarking on this adventure and practice with a very good friend - we chat, it seems, almost daily (she lives elsewhere) on our individual incites, struggles and breakthroughs. A big help in having these ideas stick.

    I hear you Vee ... I guess I'm just one of those seekers, I'm constantly trying to reinvent and improve myself and I will, and do, take any ol' help I can get. This book has really helped me heal my enormous sadness & grief around Jake's death - it's paid for itself already many times over.

    I don't get The Dog Whisperer channel but I have seen him on Oprah. One of the many joys of living with dogs is their zest for life in the moment.

  6. I read chapters 2 and 3 last night. Perhaps some of the information is already known...but this man has a way of writing about the information that is, I think, unique and powerful. I can not explain it, but in the quietness of the room after everyone was in bed, snuggled in my comfy chair, a peace came over me slowly and gently as a veil of gossamer as I read. Kind of an inner warming. While I strive to squelch that raging and annoying voice in my head...sometimes yelling out loud "Cut it out!" (because unfortunately, my voice prefers to talk out lout when no one is around) it is difficult to do it 100 per cent of the time. Indeed, perhaps it will never quit yakking 100 per cent of the time, but I know with out a doubt, that by the time I finish this book it will be greatly reduced. I am having some trouble with my satellite server and I can't over download or they slow me down to nothing but DSL is coming today and when I get onto this new internet provider I will catch up on the web casts.

    Your pictures are stunning, Susan. I especially like the first one.
    Have a great day!


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