1. Happy, steady and relaxed state
One master says, keep smiling all time. Remain cheerful as it prevents the mind from distractions. Experience the state of steadiness of body, dropping fidgeting consciously. The body takes mental form and mind takes physical form. When we work on the mind, it never opens itself to distractions or past impressions, leave the body as it, in the state of steadiness.
2. Knowing – doing nothing and doing something
It is interesting and the most easy and most difficult step towards mindfulness. It is the most difficult because we identify all oru acts with I-ness, created by the mind. Our mind likes to own, possess and identify with all our thoughts, speech and actions. It is the easiest when we drop the identification with I ness. When we drop identification i.e. I am the body, I am breath, I am mind, and this is my mind, knowledge, brain and so on. We experience the state of doing nothing. The moment this experience takes place, it is joy of conscious living. it is mindfulness.
3. Create a right intention for changing the mind
Right intention in the mind starts with right thinking. The right thinking starts when we do right analysis of our daily experiences. The right analysis according to Eastern Wisdom is to separate real from unreal. The real is what is permanent, eternal and present in the midst of ever changing reality.
When we are clear that right intention is helping the mind to see our own true nature. It stops wandering outside. It moves mind towards mindfulness.
4. Conscious experience without I-ness– Sensation- Relaxation -Stillness
It is important to know the idea of I-ness is different from modern psychology. We experience Sensation-Relaxation-Stillness without I-ness in practice of mindfulness. It is interesting to discover in mindfulness that as mindfulness progresses, mind starts moving within. When it moves within, it leaves the objects or the contents of mind that comes from outside i.e. people, place, possession, events and time.
5. Live and look within – One to Many and Many to one
There are many when mind is outside and there is one when mind moves inside. It is the mind that creates the world of many that we perceive, think, live and work. It is the same mind when it leaves self created world, it finds nothing except one self. When mind is no longer creates its own world, it becomes perfect mirror where real-self reflects. This is another way to understand mindfulness intellectually but need regular practice with wisdom. When mind reflects and know one and only one, there is a transition from non meditative to meditative state.
6. Be within the Body- living within
Living within and awareness of time and layers in the present moment is another subtle practice We are aware of Present Moment and layers one after the other.
Higher consciousness that perceives unity and mind that perceives divisions – both are there
Space outside the body
Space-body-breath –mind – Natural moving of breath and its sensations- hearing the mind (mind and its contents) –listening to teacher – do it every day 100 times,
What happens –inside space like blue / dark / white / sky and
Move from outside to inside in time – vision- Space-Sensation-Stillness-Calmness-Quietness
Move from inside to outside in time
7. Breath -awareness to mindfulness
Awareness of breath is different from information about the breath. The Google and Bing can provide millions of pages of information on the breath but awareness of breath that only man has to do by making a conscious choice. It is really lamenting to note that modern man looks for information and escapes the practice as if modern technology one day, can provide us tools, how to be aware of the breath. Eastern Wisdom suggests 52 different ways of breath awareness. All 52 ways are pointed awareness. It expands the mind and leaves objectless state. The objectless state of mind is mindfulness.