By Jack Kornfield, Paul Breiter
Buddhist grasp Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a woodland monastery of Thailand. This notable booklet displays his basic and strong message in addition to the quiet, cheerful Buddhist perform of dhudanga, or "everyday mindfulness," with profound insights for the West.
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What is your tongue doing? What happens when you swallow? And when do you lose track of your mouthful? Mindful eating is important. When you do it, you can really taste the peanut in the peanut butter, the juiciness of the apple, the sweet softness of the banana. And another important thing: you will notice sooner when you are full. 5 Out of Your Head and Into Your Body WHILE ATTENTION TO your breathing and your senses gives you an immediate experience of this moment, in this chapter I will talk about awareness of the entire body.
The last things to change were my ideas about the kind of mother I had to be or the kind of child my son should have been. I decided to do my level best simply to be a mother, whatever it might take, including all the ups and downs. Mindful and curious, I met the frequent surprises head-on and increasingly cast aside my tendency to judge. I no longer demanded things to be different from the way they were, and this marked the start of a long, loving relationship in which space, respect, humor, and openness blossomed and grew into two sturdy trees, both granting each other plenty of sunlight.
To conclude this exercise, or at a time when you feel a bit tired, you can perk yourself up and make your skin tingle by standing where you are, cupping your hands, and rapping yourself rhythmically on the legs, buttocks, belly, chest, arms, neck, and shoulders. You finish the exercise by very gently tapping your fingers on your head, massaging your cheeks, face, and scalp. You can also do this to one another. Every time you do these kinds of exercises with your children, you help them become a bit more aware of their body.