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Luangpor Thong

Q: While we’re working, we need to move several parts of the body at the same time. How can we cultivate our awareness then?


LUANGPOR THONG: In formal practice or in simple jobs, move only one part of the body at a time. But in other tasks that require more than one part of the body to move, we can also cultivate our self-awareness by being aware of all our actions.


In summary, whatever we do we should be aware of what we are doing. But we have set this rule (moving one part of the body at a time) for formal practice.


This technique (rhythmic hand movements and walking back and forth) is the direct way. To cultivate self-awareness through working is indirect. Therefore this method is easy and simple to practice unless we do not want to do it or make excuses. Really anyone can do it. 


4 Comment(s):
Mike said...
At my current state of practice I find myself to always be in one of three states of consciousness; Pure Awareness, which is completely devoid of conventional thought and fully aware of the physical self; Awareness, where I see and can observe thought and am aware of physical self with applied effort; and occasionally lost in thought, but this is occurring more infrequently all the time. I work in a career that requires analytical thought which I only know how to do by conventional thought. Upon completing the journey and shifting into total awareness, how is conventional analytical thought processed? Does one still use conventional thought (words and pictures) under the supervision of awareness, or is it handled completely from within the silence of the mind?
June 13, 2011 11:05:10
Sivas said...
Respected sir, When I do this handmovement, after around 15mins I get water in my eyes. Is it normal. This distracts and I need to stop the movement to remove the water using towel. Also normally in each session how long we need to practise. In a day two times is sufficient.
May 3, 2010 07:06:22
Andy said...
When we do the hand movements with eyes open do we look at our hands moving or do we just look straight ahead at "nothing" and notice the movements. This is distracting me at the moment because I'm switching between looking ahead and looking directly at each hand while it moves not knowing which I should be doing. Or are both ok? Thanks, Andy
June 9, 2008 09:33:02
John said...
Does one need to make an effort to see thought, or will seeing thought occur naturally and spontaneously after one observes bodily movement for a sufficient amount of time? In other words, should one remain aware of bodily movement only, or does one need to shift awareness to thought in order to see thought?
June 2, 2008 10:17:40
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