Awaiting the publication of my first book (requested frommany readers of this Blog page, but I don’t wish to share for now additional specific informations about the book, except that is practical), I would like to introduce, here, an excerpt- preview of the same. I hope you’ll enjoy this mini-chapter.
Another very useful but also demanding practice is the so called I Am exercise. It consists in repeating no less than once an hour within the space of a day, the phrase “I Am”, and this statement said alone should work as a reminder to connect ourselves with the idea of being present and to observe ourselves during the whole day. In addition to this statement, there is another influence, of a mental character, which we should sense simultaneously, a response in our solar plexus- a sort of tingling or tickling.
The question that could arise in our mind is: Why only in the Solar Plexus? The reason is, that our attempts at self -observation are mental efforts, whereas in self-remembering, the aim of the self-observation practice, the self is emotional, and the Solar Plexus is the center where the emotions are mostly expressed through our body.
Also, during the mental pronunciation of “I Am”, we should synchronize this phrase with our breath in the following way: pronouncing “I” when we intake the breath, sensing at the same time ourselves as whole, here and now, and then, pronounce “Am” during the exhalation, sensing the tingling in our Solar Plexus. The whole exercise should be performed without producing any tension caused by the effort. It’s not as easy an exercise as it would seem, but after a period of practice , it should be possible to perform it.
There is also a tip that has been useful for me to remember that I have to do this exercise every hour: I use the cell phone’s alarm clock as a reminder for this, setting it to ring at every hour, so I consider that this tip could be helpful also for you in performing this exercise.