In March, we pruned our psychology. We observed which ‘I’s habitually drained our energy during the first hour of our day. This placed our habits in a more impersonal light: instead of taking them at face value, we examined them as energy leaks. We sought to catch their first manifestations – the first ‘I’s they generated – and instead of permit them freedom of expression, nip them in the bud.

Students reported various levels of success. One said the task helped her notice and disarm the leaks, so that rather than draining constantly, they opened and closed. Another confessed that whatever he did, and no matter how much he tried, they found a way out. Regardless of how well we were able to plug our morning leaks, focusing on the first hour of our day made us ever more conscious of our inner landscape. It showed us how vigilant we must become to maintain consciousness for an hour.

Armed with this deeper understanding of ourselves, we now enter the April labor. Our farmer presents us with two seedlings, one wilted, the other robust. These are seeds sown last November, that sprouted in early spring and are now ready to be transplanted into fields. The farmer, based on each seedling’s development, can tell which are sufficiently vital to mature into plants and which must be discarded. The fourth way practitioner, based on their trials and errors, can tell which efforts are sufficiently effective to repeat and which must be abandoned. The farmer’s acreage is land; the fourth way practitioner’s acreage is time. A farmer fills land with individual plants; a fourth way practitioner fills time with small efforts.

“Generally speaking, we miss the opportunity of making small efforts,” says Peter Ouspensky. “We disregard them, do not consider them important enough, Yet we can increase our capacity for making efforts only by making these small efforts which we disregard.” By this token, the April labor invites us to expand the discipline we established during March, into other patches of time that comprise our day. These will be patches of unassuming moments, moments of routine, of transitioning from one chapter of our day into another, moments we might normally discard as unimportant. But the farmer’s acreage is limited and so is our time. We must prudently cultivate each corner of our being in order to change our level of being. “Events of trifling appearance are often pregnant with high importance,” said Sophocles; “The prudent man neglects no circumstance.”

So our April labor invites us to turn routine into ritual. Observe your day. Which barren areas of time are routinely wasted? How can you sow fresh efforts into them? Share your observations in the commentary below.

Responses

    1. Hannah K

      I noticed that one activity where Regina’s “Where are you?” messages consistently found me in the market, was composing texts and emails between appointments with my patients. Because the intellectual centre of my machine is involved in this activity it seems to think that it cannot observe as well. And yet as I type this, I am actually finding that I can self-observe and write at the same time. So this would possibly be a fruitful small effort to concentrate on this month.

      1. Asaf Braverman Post author

        Talking in general is a challenge. I think you mentioned this, Hannah, during one of the recent workshops. Our relation to the ‘I’s changes when they are expressed, making it more difficult to separate the sense of ‘I’ from them. This is one reason the teaching advises not to express negativity, but it is true for expressing anything. It takes a concentrated effort to formulate the ‘I’s without giving them our identity. Self-remembering while writing (texting, emailing, etc.) is a good practice and preparation for self-remembering while speaking.

  1. IOANNIS PAPADOPOULOS

    I believe that the worst hours are during work. I will put an alarm to ring every hour. A few minutes out of the office looking the nature and the sea will help in many ways – even in productivity. In the same time I will try to recall a decade of my life. I have realised that the machine has deliberately forgot how much productive time with myself I had in the past. So 10:00 break will be looking the sea and try to remember the 70s. At 11:00 will be gazing the mountain and trying to recall the 80s and so on.

    1. Asaf Braverman Post author

      Ioannis, tackling your entire work day is too big of a task. Can you find one particular episode at work and start there? First hour upon arriving, or right after lunchtime, or during meetings – depending of course on the nature of your daily job. Let us know.

  2. Kalev K

    As for a young farmer, every plant that have at least a bit of life in seems worth to be energized up. Then more that acreage seems to be unlimited and number of plants very limited. In the same way it seems that exercises what are remembered from last year, which ones pop up occasionally, are not wilted and what are forgotten are truly wilted. But does conscious farmer forget his plants?
    For me there is some actions and period of day when resistance against mechanical state is stronger – very start of the day (not whole hour), conversations, especially in professional life, sometimes at taking a meal and sometimes just occasional moments when some negative emotions start arise.
    But most of this is still accidental.

    1. Asaf Braverman Post author

      Perhaps partly accidental, Kalev, and partly only seemingly accidental because our work is intermittent. There is still a cause and effect behind those occasional moments you describe, where we experience a stronger resistance to mechanicality.

      Borrowing from your analogy of the young farmer, I suppose that exercises from last year that we neglected, dry out and wilt. In some cases we can breathe new life into them, in other cases we’d better discard them and introduce something new.

      Next time we speak, let’s choose a recurring area of your day in which to plant new efforts.

      1. Evgueni Z

        Fixing my evening routine for the last two weeks, by not over-watching YouTube videos, didn’t show any obvious and direct results. However, after a week of “calming down” my evenings and calmer mornings, I felt I could now address a “monolithic” 8-hour block of my job-work day. Before it seemed unbreakable and consumed me entirely.

        I set up an alarm that would hourly display the “Forgot something?” message at random times during my job-work period (roughly 8am to 5pm). Once I see the message, I pause and read a page from the “Conference of Birds” – it usually only takes a couple of minutes.

        This new ritual cracks the monolith of my day and prevents me from being wholly consumed by the job tasks. That, in turn, doesn’t let my haste habit to take over and rule. It feels like I can now “breathe” more freely.

  3. Shane Scanlon

    I found that the in latter part of my work day I am consistently in a deep sleep. I relate very much to what Hannah described. I write software for a living and when my intellectual center is active for long periods my machine does not want to be bothered by observations. It wants to focus on solving the problem at hand. I very much want to increase my efforts during the final few hours of my work day because the energy leaks at this time directly affect my transition into the evening.

    I have the luxury of working remotely, so one effort I will make will be to introduce more variety to my work environment. I will aim to work these final hours from outside of my home at least a few times a week. I think a noisier environment will help agitate my machine out of sleep.

    I will also need find some effort that I can apply during this time when I am unable to be away from my home. I do not have anything specific in mind for this yet. It will need to involve my emotional or moving centers to be of value.

    1. Giia Weigel

      We seem to be thinking in the same direction, Shane! I just ordered a beach tent in order to bring more “agitation” into my work day, as I seem to get “lost in translation” more often than not. Let’s compare notes!

    2. Evgueni Z

      Shane, I can relate very much to your struggle. My work situation is similar to yours – remote work from home at the computer. I like your idea about spending some time out in a coffee shop.

      I’ll first focus on fixing my evenings and will then shift to the job-evening transition time. One step at a time.

        1. Asaf Braverman Post author

          I’ll send you a high resolution file of this picture. Print it out and hang it where you work. Take an occasional look to reaffirm the understandings you have related with this icon. (This is the original use of icons…)

  4. Myrto

    At work, I usually get identified with the projects I am involved, I do multi tasking and I often leave incomplete tasks, because new urgent requests are coming in.
    Every one hour, I have to move to other offices and meeting rooms to participate in group meetings.
    I have set an aim to utilize this movement for taking in impressions and self remembering. Walking a corridor and going up and down stairs, is indeed a good chance to eliminate my identification. I notice very interesting spots on my colleagues’ desks. Drawings on the walls, small vases of flowers and cute personal things.
    I have also set an aim to put alarms and do small breaks while seated in my desk.
    This is not so successful. I face high inertia from my haste “I”s who feel those few seconds breaks, as waste of time.

    1. Asaf Braverman Post author

      What you describe, Myrto, of utilizing the transitional moments during your office hours is very much in the spirit of the April labor. You are turning the routine of moving from one office to another into a ritual. Thanks for sharing this example.

      Regarding the challenge of stopping momentum while seated at the desk, I encourage you to set the aim to do this for a single day. Our psychology tends to think in extremes. It will argue that, if you do this forever, then you’ll harm your performance. So instead of forever, set an aim to do it only today: to stop with each alarm and introduce breaks only today. Then, after you verify how that impacts your work, you can decide whether to do it again or not.

  5. Paolo Meoli

    Usually my life is divided in to different moment in which i have to hear other person speaking. Partecipating in lessons or workshop, conference or skype call with colleagues, talking with friends on our emotional life and feelings, ecc…
    Often what prevent me to feel what the other feel, to learn from other person, to take advantage from their knowledge, are different kind of negative emotion, for example: Judging, Envy, Prejudice, ecc… All these emotions have the same function: “Prevent my being to understand the knowledge that the other is trying to share”. This is my routine.
    The Ritual toward which i aimed is to being able to transform judging in understanding. So i have to shift the attention from “what the other should say”, in “what i want to learn”. As Rilke said i have to live these question. Moreover i observed that when i’m able to make these transformation possible, and so i understand something thanks to other person, i strong feeling of gratitude comes.
    Can we say that gratitude is an emotion that comes from higher emotional center?

    1. Asaf Braverman Post author

      Sounds like a good aim, Paolo, directed at the emotional center. The difficulty here will be to anticipate these situations, because it doesn’t sound like they happen at a predictable time of day, each day. Have you thought of how to anticipate these scenarios and be ready with your new attitude when they arise?

      Regarding gratitude, I’d say that it is an emotion that comes very close to higher emotional center, and that with the right effort, can readily be transformed into a higher emotion. But an effort is still required; gratitude on its own can remain mechanical.

      1. Paolo Meoli

        Thanks Asaf,
        i think i will prepare myself before each lessons or workshop with this question: What i want to learn from this lessons for my evolution ? Why i’m doing this efforts?
        And another reminder can be the moment in which i will see myself judging. That moment can be a signal that my attention has shifted from a divided attention (two point of attention my question and the lessons), toward a normal identified attention in which i see only the external world.
        Do you think that can be useful ?

        1. Asaf Braverman Post author

          Since the habitual attitude you’re photographing prevents you from understanding what the other person is trying to say, from the habit of asking a question. (Curious how often it is more difficult to ask a good question than provide a good answer)

          The exercise of formulating a question pulls directly against your mechanical habit. And of course, if you actually ask the question, you might learn something!

          See if you can remember to do this and let us know.

  6. Jack

    I have observed that the last 2 to 3 hours before going to bed is spent watching TV or movies with my wife in mostly mechanical ways, with some exceptions. I wan to change the final 30 to 60 minutes before I go to bed to consciously reading and reflecting on Work material.
    I have also noticed that at times I still identify with Jack’s irritations with other drivers ( I have worked some on this previously and went back to identifying).
    I want to change this attitude to an alarm to convert this impression, relax and be grateful for the opportunity to have access to higher energy. I want to remember this when I get into my car.

    1. Paolo Meoli

      Thank you jack for this comment. This remind me a Ritual that i’m trying to have before going to sleep, but i succed very few time. I’d like to call this ritual the “Small Victories”, remembering before going to sleep all the apparently little things that i did during the day in order to be more conscious. It’s hard to remember and value the little things that we did during the day, but that give a deep meaning to our life. I hope it help
      Paolo

  7. Samuel Beutler

    The last two days i worked with the aim to observe routine in the moving centre. In this context i understand “routine” as the activity of the mechanical part of the moving centre. To make this aim more definite i limited it to the following activities: walking, cleaning up/moving objects, eating and driving the car. With the help of this aim it became possible to connect the observation of the moving centre with intentional looking, hearing, and touching.
    Through the observation of the moving centre while typewriting one word, it becomes possible to be more intentional. One intentionally can hear the sound of the keyboard and background noises. It becomes possible to feel and see ones hands, or even observe the shape ones visual field: it is certainly not angled.
    While driving it is possible to use every small movement like opening the door, sitting down, starting the engine, changing gears, braking, moving the steering-wheel, to connect it with intentional thoughts or the intentional use of the senses. One intentional thought i used the last two days comes from Lao Tzu: “Use the small to contain the great.”
    When one is trapped in an energy leak it is not possible to intentionally connect the observation of the moving centre with other forms of intentionality. While driving the car the form of intentionality today was to feel the movements of the hands and the feet, feeling the rhythm of breathing in the belly and an the same time looking out of the cockpit, seeing the street, the nature, the people. This aim helped me to stop positive and negative imagination while driving the car. It also helped to observe many different emotions while driving the car: gratitude to make those observations, concern how this could be translated into work language, emotions induced by imagination or emotions in relation to people or places i saw outside. The highest moment today, was when it become possible to see the maschine as a whole: a sensual, moving, thinking, feeling, always changing and always being the same wonderful machine. The next days i want to make further observations how the observation of the routines of the moving centre can be used to observe the machine as a whole. The exercise to work with small efforts in order to transform routine into ritual brought fresh energy into my work.

    1. Asaf Braverman Post author

      Yes, ‘routine’ is, in effect, when our repeated actions fall into mechanical parts of centers. In itself, this isn’t a problem, except that once these routine actions occur mechanically, we tend to permit ourselves to daydream while performing them. We cease to exist.

      The focused efforts you share about driving a car, Samuel, are a very good example of the application of the April labor. We take one recurring activity of our day and bring more light onto it. I’d suspect that because of the concentrated efforts you’ve made around driving, now, each time you enter your car, your are reminded of the work. This is a big advantage: it is more difficult to create a work discipline than to maintain one.

      Keep up the good work!

      1. Samuel Beutler

        Before one is able to transform a chosen routine into an ritual one has to be able to observe the denying forces that prevents one from reaching this aim.
        Today while cleaning up i could observe the mechanical habit of the moving centre that it wants to do everything as quick and efficient as possible. In regard to the aim of transforming routine into ritual it seems to me a denying force to underrate this very strong and hypnotizing habit.
        It is very easy to verify this denying force. When performing a task with the moving centre one can try to do it a little bit more slowly. Even a little bit of slowing down the speed of movement mostly produces friction for the moving centre. By slowing down just a little bit, observing and enduring the friction it produces one can make observations concerning the habit of the moving centre to do things as efficent as possible. One can also use it while reading or typewriting a single phrase or even a single word.
        One method that helped me to identify less with this strong energy of efficiency, was to use the intellectual centre. By naming the little steps of the task, the moving centre was engaged in, it become possible to be less identified with the drive of the moving centre and to get control over it. Movements become a little bit slower, more precise and observable. To bring the intellectual and the moving centre together can also be a pre-stage to observe the emotional centre. It become possible to observe negative and positive emotions in relation to the aim.
        Has anyone observations in regard to identification with mechanical efficiency or in regard to other denying forces to the aim of transforming routine into ritual?
        There are also thoughts that can support the king of hearts in his appreciation of small efforts. One I choosed for Monday is: “A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.” – Saadi –

        1. Samuel Beutler

          Today a small aim, that helped me to do a small effort in regard to transform routine into ritual is related to eating: when I use a spoon, while chewing i put the spoon on the table und put the hands together. This is a little alarm clock because normally the hand holds the spoon all the time until the meal is finished. I will use this alarm only as long as it works because one gets quite soon habituated to exercises like that. In this way a former alarm clock can turn into a sleeping pill. Does anyone have experiences with small aims like that related to the routine of eating? I would like to experiment with more of some small aims like that.

  8. Samuel Beutler

    I asked myself why do I disregard small efforts and do not consider them important enough?
    While writing these words I can observe two opposing attitudes in myself. For one attitude the most important thing, while writing these words, is to make the intended statement and to accomplish this task. The other attitudes knows, to write those words makes sense only, when I use every small unit of time and every small impression for self-remembering right now. Those two opposing attitudes produce friction, they fight, and if I am able to introduce a third attitude, that of impartiality, it could become possible to observe a triad – which is a dimension of self-remembering. In regard to the picture of St. Georg the dragon could represent the attitude that only (for many reasons) wants to accomplish everything. The spear could symbolize the attitude to use every small unit of time for self-remembering – the attitude that leads to appreciation of small efforts. The facial expression of St. Georg could be a expression of the warm-hearted attitude that makes it possible to impartially observe the two opposing attitudes. Above, on the right side we can see a hand gesture that often can be find in paintings of Jesus. The information I found about this gesture is that the three fingers represent the Tri-unity of God. That could symbolize the dimension of self-remembering that it enables one to be aware of the three essential forces in a given moment – whereas in sleep one is only able to be aware of one or two forces, if any at all. The touching finger and thumb represent “the Incarnation: to the joining of divine and human natures found in the body of Jesus Christ.” In short, the hand gesture above the scene could represent the state of self-remembering.
    The best small efforts that helped me to diminish energy leaks today and to slowly turn some of my routines into rituals was the effort of naming small units of time. For example: “Traffic sign to traffic sign”, while driving. “Word after word”, while typewriting. “Phrase after phrase”, while talking or reading. A mistake that I made for a long time, was that I only used the rhythm of breathing to create a sequence of efforts and to rhythmize them in order to bring the dimension of durance to self-observation. So now an aim is to get more experience in rhythmizing and the increase of options for different rhythms of small efforts. The rhythm or frequence of the small efforts, the rhythm of reaffirming the small aim, is one crucial factor, that decides if the aspect of duration of self-observation becomes possible.
    Today I also asked me what image, symbol, story or example could help to have more appreciation fora sequence of small efforts. This is what I found helpful:
    When one wants to cross a river by swimming and does no want to drown in the beginning, the middle or the end, one has to move ones arms with a certain rhythm: not to slow and not to fast. One also has to use a appropriate amount of energy, not to much and not to less in order to have enough strengh to cross the river. The same with small efforts if they are intended to transform a certain duration of a routine into a ritual.
    I looked at the houseplant in my office and realized: this plant does not grow one big leave in order to receive light – it has many small leaves on one branch and it has many branches.
    In relation to naming small units of time in order to divide a bigger unit of time in smaller manageable ones, the farmers acreage came to my mind: it has boundary stones and is divided into plough furrows.
    “Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken
    little by little.”
    – Plutarch –

  9. Samuel Beutler

    Normally smaller or bigger mishaps or delays during a daily routine is a reason for discontentment. Since we work with the aim to transform daily routines into rituals with the help of small efforts I try to use those smaller oder bigger “disturbances” as an alarm clock to remember the aim. For example when I make a spelling mistake while writing or when there is an irritating traffic situation while driving. Note: When I wanted to post this comment I had problems with the login to my account. I forgot my password and had to reset it.

  10. Samuel Beutler

    Today, at the half of the month, I would say the barren of time in which I should sow fresh efforts, is that in which I decide which efforts help me to use the intellectual centre for self-remembering in a certain part of the day. I observed three central habits in the intellectual centre:

    Laziness in relation to the need to constantly adapt my thinking to the newest observations. The result of this laziness is that I don´t have not more aims relating to self – observation from one day to another and that the older aims don´t become more precise, which is not an ascending octave.

    Thinking in opposites: Some minutes ago I wrote about the effort of self-remembering: it is the effort to divide the attention between what I observe and myself, the observer. This is how opposite thinking describes self-remembering, to divide ones attention between two factors: myself (the observer) and the observed object. This thinking in only two participating factors is part of the subjective thinking of false personality. Work personality considers the law of three which says that every phenomenon is composed of three forces.

    To forget that the idea of self-remembering is the centre of all other work ideas. And to forget that it always needs an effort to keep this hierarchy in mind when thinking.

    From this three habits I educe one question for self – observation for the next day: Do you see three?
    In order that this question can be a tool for self-observation it still needs still more precision that it can be applied for specific situations. I want to check if this question leads me to new observations.
    “Eat with three fingers and take small bites.”
    – Ibn Arabi –

  11. Clara Beutler

    One denying force in my aim of turning the routine in a ritual is this every morning I: “I will try to make small efforts later in the day. Because now i really have to start the day and be efficient”. My Morning is very long: I wake up my son at 6:15am and i leave with my daughter at 9am. Mostly at this time even the easiest and happiest morning ends with hecticness and even running. When i have been aware of how many mistakes i was often making (breaking the dishes, forgetting to feed the the dog, shouting at my daughter) i found out that this acting is hecticness not efficiency. It is expressing the negative emotion of eagerness which has its roots in fearing the tasks of the day: “Will this and that problem come up again? Will i again be faced with negativ emotions of other people?”. Someone in me is allways waiting for the real (buisiness) day to start so i can finally act on my own in my office and begin to solve all the big problems out there. There is a strong negativ attitude towards the transition from morning to day as a time to “tighten the strings” but because of my familial duties it feels more like beeing strapped to a morning routine. Instead of fighting against this basic routines i want to turn it into a ritual: Feeling the surface and weight of the dishes and the table when i clean it and feeling my feet walking SLOWLY through the flat will be my small effort in April.

  12. Samuel Beutler

    After the third time departing a little bit to late from home and being in haste on the way to my course an “I” arised that said: “You should calculate your time better before leaving the house.”
    This is what I mostly observe in situations like this: First comes an unpleasant event like being in a hurry, than comes the negative emotion: “I don´t like that”, and then arises a group of ‘I’s that are concerned about how to change the habit. Mostly at this point the identification with the group of ‘I’s that want to change the habit becomes so strong that self-observation stops completely. So there is the strong emotional habit to identify with the group of ‘I’s that want to change an observed habit. The central idea of the Fourth Way is self-remembering which implies self-observation which in turn inevitably leads to better work of the four lower centres. But very often I see myself trying it the other way round what means to practice the postponement of self-remembering.
    “The habit of most people is to stay in forgetfulness.”
    – Qushayri –
    Every time this habit is observed, it brings a spark of a higher state of consciousness.
    “The first step in acquiring consciousness is the realization that we are not conscious.”
    – Ouspensky –
    The more often I can observe the habit of postponement without identifying with the ‘I’s that want to change it, the more sparks of higher states of consciousness are created.
    “In virtue as in vice, constancy is the mother of habit; once acquired, it rules us like nature.”
    – Philokalia, Hesychios the Priest –

    1. Clara Beutler

      Visiting the “Domschatz”-museum in Aachen while reminding my aim of making small efforts changed my cognition. Sensing my body walking through the museum i could see the art with different eyes: someone in me discovered that there are all this small tiny steps which must be done by a painter. Above all when painting or manufacturing such masterpieces as i saw them there. And i asked myself, how can my inner master build up my life, or better this day, like such a masterpiece. I started to see the day as sum of small efforts, so i could get immediately back to that very moment.

  13. Hicham B.

    What I observed is that I completely go into a deep state of sleep while doing my habitual tasks such dressing, brushing my teeth and eating.
    These are tasks that I do almost the same way for my entire life.
    This month is an opportunity to bring light into these neglected portions of my day.

    1. Clara Beutler

      Its the same with me. I realised very strange sitting positions my body is adopting during meal. My Body seemes even to fend this action as if its all about to get over and done with eating, brushing the teeths or dressing. As if it isnt part of my life.

      1. Clara Beutler

        To be aware of touching surfaces or the floor works verry well on many times all over the day. But inbetween maybe 5-6 someday even 10 of such aware moments is a long distance of sleep. Until now i cannot say specific which moments are the most difficult ones. Observing the moving centre is a good access for me of beeing aware of the actions from the emotional and intellectual center. A typical “I” which comes up after beeing aware of things iam carrying or touching: “How can i write down this great experience for the beperiod community”. Last time when it came up again i had a laughing fit because of this vain “I”. And then back to the present.

        1. Hicham B.

          Good evening Clara!
          The thing that is interesting in a School is that we can share our similar experiences.
          I recall too experiencing this “I” which consists of repeating or formulating how to say what I observed.

          Concerning your observation about long moments of sleep, few weeks ago we did a group exercise that consisted in asking others at random moments during the day where they are. And that shed some light on moments of sleep during our days.

          One approach that worked for me in the past, is to try to divide my day into manageable periods and then try to observe them separately.
          When I wake up, when I dress up, when I eat my breakfast, when take the bus on my way to work, when I meet my colleagues and so on and so forth until the moment I arrange my bed and lay down to sleep.

          With this approach we avoid being intimidated by the 16 hours of the day ahead of us.

        2. Giia Weigel

          Very familiar feeling, Clara! The desire to stop everything and tell the world (please read: “The School”) of our discoveries or experiences, immediately! But I think if you find yourself laughing at it, you are already way ahead of the game. 🙂
          I have found this very helpful:
          1) I leave notes for myself all around the house. Sometimes I read them, sometimes not, but every time they work as triggers, waking me up.
          2) I have a random alarms going on my phone 10 times a day, asking me (with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, as Smaug), “Where are you?”
          Also, as jacks have picked up on this, I seem to respond to anything resembling notes or phones the same way – with waking up. If even just a little while. Small steps. 🙂

  14. Tom

    A lot of my time is wasted through worrying over my awareness. For example, I worry over eating because of my chronic illness, but worrying over the pain only worsens the inflammation. However, when I think too much over my feelings I become disfocused and sidetracked from my goal, which is ultimately health.

    I think the one thing we must remember is to have fun. That isn’t a command, but finding a way to make anything fun makes it much easier and much more memorable. For example, instead of allowing the noise in my head to distract me, I repeat mantras to myself. Some of them are to Krsna, but when I am really distracted or tired (low-power mode) I do what Bob did in the movie “What About Bob?” It was really funny when he was walking down a dirty sidewalk in New York, obviously in a certain amount of mental and physical pain, and repeating to himself, “I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful.” That is important to replace the subconscious expressions from our existing pains and transmute them with applied conscious creation. That is, to say “I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful.”

    Doing this makes me laugh and helps me stay focused so I can meet my other goals with greater ease. I am excited to have found this community and to have joined, I look forward to valuable lessons and discussions.