Rest your attention deep within the heart. Feel the silence.
After working out, doing a yoga practice, or even before sleep, try using this technique I learned from my collegue and friend, Deepak Chopra.
"The Bliss Technique" lets you absorb the experience of your practice and brings your awareness back to the Self.
Begin by sitting or lying down at the end of your personal ritual, exercise, or prayer.
— Let your breathing be free. Rest your attention deep within the heart.
— Now feel the silence. Keeping your eyes closed, be aware of the silence — and stay in the silence.
— Keep your eyes closed, and have awareness in your whole body at the level of Being. This means awareness in every cell of your body. Feel your whole body. Your body is a living, dynamic field of consciousness, awareness — bliss.
— Just have a faint idea, an intention of bliss. Feel the bliss everywhere in your body. The Self is lively, everywhere in your body. Perfect balance, perfect integration, perfect order, pure consciousness, pure knowledge. Effortlessly keep your attention in your body, it bubbles with energy and bliss.
— Bring your awareness back, and begin gradually to awaken your hands, fingers, toes, and then your whole body. Let your body breathe without hurry. Yawn, stretch, as you open your eyes slowly.
Keep an open attitude of awareness throughout your day, and it will bring you tremendous emotional fulfillment and joy.
Enter a deeper awareness with "Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind" (Simon & Schuster).
(Photo: Lois Greenfield, 2001)