We awaken in the morning and our day begins. We slowly become aware of where we are: in our bed, in our room, the time of day, how are we feeling – ready to arise from the bed – or maybe “snooze” a bit more before activity begins.
What is this activity? Concepts begin to enter our consciousness, for ex. today is Tuesday: what all is on my docket for today? These are all concepts – thought-forms that we subscribe to: I am Tomas and certain activities belong to that concept “Tomas”.
The concept “Tomas” includes many sub-concepts: going to the bathroom, using the toilet, brushing the teeth, greeting his wife, returning to his room to straighten up and do some first morning stretching and inner attunement, putting on clothes, returning to the kitchen to make toast and coffee etc. etc.
Our concepts carry us through the day. If we are listening deeply to ourselves, we can “hear” each concept >>before<< action takes place. The concepts arise as a kind of pulse: concept arises-action follows – like this: concept-action-concept-action-concept-action…
Even when ‘spontaneous’ action occurs there is a subtle pre-speech image or concept (thought-form) that allows our system to enter into the ‘spontaneous’ (because not pre-meditated) action. We hold a subtle image of ourselves, most often on a sub-conscious level. This image includes our participation in certain activities and not in others. If my image includes jumping into an ice-cold river to save a struggling animal from drowning, I will jump without hesitation. Another person may not jump because their self-image says “No, not the right thing for you to do – think of a way to help that is more suited to you”.
The pulsing rhythm spoken about above allows us to sever the seeming “continuity” of concept-action-concept-action, because we realize that there actually is a pause of >>no concept<< after each cycle of concept-action. We can become adept, with practice, at being aware of this ending of the cycle concept-action. When we catch the >>pause between thoughts<<, we can refrain from going with the flow and we can remain in spaciousness, silence and attention without action.
It is not resistance to the next choice that presents itself to us, but a fine moment of >>not-choosing<<. You could say we choose to not choose, and then we are in what has become known as >>wu wei<<, the doing of not-doing or “non-doing”.
This is like stepping on the clutch in a manual gear-shift vehicle: you disengage from the mechanism. At this neutral point you can then choose: down into second gear, slowing down? or up into fourth gear, speeding up?
Take control of the speed of your life and learn to disengage at any time. In the neutral point, the zero-point, you have more space to look up from the assembly-line of life and to get the larger picture. From that awareness of the whole movement of your thoughts and feelings and of the whole movement of the environment you are immersed in, a totally different energy arises. When that energy moves you as you engage again life changes radically. This is living mindfully. Shift into neutral.