SUMMARY OF FIRST EXERCISES

Going Panoramic
At best – go outside – where things are moving and changing randomly, ... surprisingly, ... amazingly, ... then:

Seeing

 – extract from Going on the Lookout
Find a blank wall, or a monotonous area of sky, anything which has no focal point, and fix your eyes on it – but look at and concentrate on all the interesting things happening everywhere else. It is especially stimulating to pay attention around the periphery.

Listening

 – extract from The Simple Sense of Now
Because sounds are often quiet or quick, and especially nowadays with the constant noise of machines, it is necessary to listen-out, to listen actively.

listen-out for changes. listen-out for sudden sounds, nearby and in the distance. Animals listen-out for quick warning signs, such as bangs, but even quiet sounds, like a twig snapping, are important.

It depends on where you are and what sort of background noises there are, but i often find it useful to listen-out for children and dogs. At night for hedgehogs and owls. You might not hear them, that's irrelevant, listening-out for them is the vital part.

If you do these first two exercises as well as you can, for one minute a day, for a week, i guarantee you'll have some unusual experience of wholeness, and/or stopping the thoughts for a second.

Going Panoramic

 – extract from Chapter Two : Going Panoramic
All the exercises are good to do for half a minute a day. The smelling exercise needs a minute. So it should take about two minutes all together.

Short periods reduce the concentrated work-load, make it easy, make it fun. Firstly, if it's interesting or enjoyable you'll want to repeat it. Also, short regular periods of stimulation will act as a catalyst: they are the best way to tell your subconscious "it's time to remember".

Smelling
Humans are so unfamiliar with their sense of smell that it is not an appropriate first exercise.

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