Awaken to the Gift of Every Moment Through Soft Vigilance

The Great Secret
A goal stood before Siddhartha, a single goal: to become empty, empty of thirst, empty of wishing, empty of dreams, empty of joy and sorrow,

writes Hermann Hesse in his novel Siddhartha.

Dead to himself, not to be a self any more, to find tranquility with an emptied head, to be open to miracles in unselfish thoughts, that was his goal. Once all of my self was overcome and had died, once every desire and every urge was silent in the heart, then the ultimate part of me had to awake, the innermost of my being, which is no longer my self, the great secret.

What are we here for if not to find meaning in the moment that we’re in, regardless of what that moment entails? This is the essence of mindfulness. 

On Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a term that’s become increasingly popular — we hear it all the time, but what does it really mean?

Continual Renewed Interest With Soft Vigilance

Some of our greatest insights about what to do with our lives come when moving our body — perhaps on a walk through a park or pushing ourselves in the gym.

Meditation is a timeless practice to engage in soft vigilance, as we’re constantly bringing our mind back to the rhythm of our breath and what it means to be alive in this body as if for the first time.

Healing Through Meditation

While meditating, it’s reasonable to believe we’ve failed if our mind wanders. However, my attitude towards meditation changed when I heard author and healer Dr. Joe Dispenza on Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose.

“I remember always being trained that we think getting distracted is taking us away from meditation,

Dr. Dispenza says.

When actually, the awareness that you are distracted is meditation. The problem is the thought that comes after. Like, I can’t meditate. It’s too hard. No, on the other side of that thought is your healing.
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