Do any of the awareness exercises that have preceded. Take
your body sensation, for instance, as the focus of your attention.... Observe not only the
sensations that yield themselves readily to your awareness, the grosser sensations but
also the subtler ones.... If possible, do not give the sensations any names (burning,
numbness, pricking, itching, cold.... ). Just feel the sensations without putting a label
on to them....
Do the same with sounds.... Capture as many of them as possible.... Do not try to identify
the source of the sounds. Listen to the sounds without putting a label on to them.
As you proceed with this exercise you will notice a great peacefulness coming upon you, a
deep silence.... Now become aware, briefly, of this peacefulness and silence......
Feel how good it is to be here now. To have nothing to do. To just be. Be.
For those who are more devotionally inclined. Do the previous exercise until you sense the
peacefulness that comes with it....
Become aware, for a brief while, of that peacefulness and silence....
Now express yourself to God non-verbally. Imagine that you are dumb and you can only
communicate with your eyes and your breathing. Say to the Lord, non-verbally, Lord, it is
good to be here with you. Or, do not communicate with the Lord at all. Just rest in His
Also, for the devotionally inclined, a rudimentary exercise in finding God in all things.
Return to the world of the senses.... Become as keenly aware as possible of the air you
breathe.... of the sounds around you.... of the sensations you feel in your body.... Sense
God in the air, the sounds, the sensations. Rest in this whole world of the senses. Rest
in God.... Surrender to this whole world of the senses (sounds, tactile sensations,