It is true that since we start mediating and experiencing seconds or minutes of thoughtless awareness, it becomes easier to keep the head “lighter” also during the daily activities. But it is also true that if we do not overload our heads with mental tension caused by many outside and inside factors, it is easier to get into the thoughtless awareness state and generally keep a cool, light head any time.
Here is my personal lifehack on how to keep one’s head cool in general, outside of the meditation time :).
1. FORGIVING POWER: I not only forgive easily, I just never feel offended. I understand that people will be people, they all have different ideas, and some have difficult lives or character…what to do? I just keep this very tolerant attitude to humans. You may like to read my post on forgiveness.
2. STAYING IN THE PRESENT I do enjoy every minute of my life. Naturally. Not because somebody told me “you have to enjoy”. One can enjoy everything, literally, even the stupidity. I also noticed that most of the time I am very much in the present. Surely I do plan or think of yesterday but this is not dominating. For example, I almost never miss people – when I am at work, I enjoy my colleagues, when I am at home -my husband, in my free time – my friends. They call it “living life fully”, right?
3. ATTENTION: I discipline my mind by asking every time I see it deviates from the present the question “Where is my attention now?”. It is a great question to ask oneself. My attention is the cool breeze on the top of my head. I see to it that I ALWAYS feel it (even if not always cool, but I must precept it. always).
4. BE THE WATER, NOT THE SPONGE: I do not allow the outside world to influence me much. I NEVER watch TV. I use Internet a lot, but this is different because I have more choice and I am not being bombarded by the brainwash messages all the time. With my attention I can penetrate into the depth of the things and see what the reality is (very useful for understanding politics and economics). Never get obsessed with anything,like Obama. I try to see beyond, study the alternative sources. Never believe mass media. Beware of ads and all wellness-fitness stuff.
Yes, I do not allow the outside world to influence me much. In fact, I prefer to influence it myself. There is a great quote about it by Gregoire de Kalbermatten:
“In the case of homo sapiens, our being imbibes the outside world through constant sensations, impulses, impressions and conditionings. The outside world is the water, the inside world is the sponge. With homo spiritualis, however the inner world and its energy, crystallized by the rising sap the Kundalini, is much more powerful. It is emitted from the personality of a realized person on the surrounding world and it subtly, yet effectively, influences the outside. The inner world is the water, the outside world the sponge.”
These are the main factors that help me to keep my mind relatively light and clear, which naturally leads to the easy gaining of the Thoughtless Awareness state.