This practice can be used at moments of anxiety, fear, worry, or whatever is keeping our mind and emotions from being at peace.
The main idea behind this practice is to return to the present, to self at times when we have an extremely emotional or mental experience.
The purpose of this practice is to awaken from the experience that we are having, just like we wake up from a bad dream.
- Go to a quiet and safe place.
- Locate the mental reason that you believe is preventing you from being at peace. This can be a circumstance, a person, or an idea that you have about something.
- Amplify the cause you found that is making you feel bad by 10 times, then 20 times, then 30 times and so on until you are unable to comprehend or follow all the multiplied sources of your disturbance.
- Allow yourself to experience how that amplification is affecting you.
- Notice, the more you amplify and multiply whatever you think is causing you to be disturbed, the closer you get to your limit of being able to endure that experience.
- At this point be attentive to your body whether you can proceed, if you feel that you can’t – don’t. STOP, breathe and relax.
- The moment you go over your limit of being able to endure your disturbance, you give up fighting it. Whenever we stop fighting we let go of resistance, and by letting go we allow ourselves to return to our loving state of being.
Let’s say I feel anxious about meeting someone. My heart is racing, I’m scared, so on and so forth. I understand that my body is reacting irrationally in a safe environment.
Then I imagine myself surrounded by 10, 20,…100 people To whom I have the same reaction. At this point, the logical mind cannot comprehend and react to each person I imagined, and I’m forced to give up the mental persistence of trying to control the situation.