Since I got my hands on a book called “A New Earth”, by Eckart Tolle, I’ve been struggling through the way of self-consciousness, self-love and awareness. It’s a hard path, you might know. Surprised though was I when I discovered this website through, as most of people I guess, Stumble Upon. Then, I read many, many articles about the benefits of being aware, of meditation, of yoga and I got the impulse to do all these things that, although I knew them before, hadn’t try to practice them yet.
I started with meditation. As it’s said here, it’s a little difficult in the beginning. Seems strange and pointless. But, soon, as you go through it, you realise there’s much more inside you than your thoughts. As Eckart Tolle says, a depth beyond comprehension.
Then, I read about the yoga exercises that, though briefly mentioned in some articles, gave me the impulse to start practing Kriya Yoga.
And then, I read about the cold showers and all its benefits for health and mind control.
So, I put them all together: the meditation, the yoga, the cold-showers and guess what: I feel amazing.
Oh, and I cannot forget the text about self-love and self-compassion. I did all the exercises and am still doing them. I start to feel something different. I don’t want to drink anymore excessively as I did, as a self-punishment, almost, for not being who I wanted to be. I didn’t know, however, that I was already who I wanted to be. Eckart Tolle and all the articles here opened my mind for this deep truth.
And I read about the “early riser” technique. Yeah, I know, so many things that I just remember as I’m writing this text here.
So, my morning routine is this: early riser; meditation; kriya yoga; cold-shower, doesn’t matter the temperature outside; a quick meditation in the cold shower with the “breath of fire” technique, which helps cope with the very cold water; self-love exercises at the bathroom mirror. Self-hugs and many I love yous.
I feel different. I’m not those confused thoughts about the past and future anymore. My body feel amazing and I understand that if I don’t take care of it, my mind suffers as well, since it’s all interconnected.
Long story short, thanks Jordan Lejuwaan and Martijn Schirp for all your amazing articles. And thanks all the community for your healthy discussions about awareness, meditation and other interesting subjects.
This website is really changing my life.
This is all so wonderful to hear and very inspiring. I just found this site a few days ago and already feel a strong power being generated from it. I have been thinking a lot about having a daily routine such as the one you described. However, somedays I have a very hard time waking up early, but I know once I do it enough my body will get used to it, and I will truly benefit from it. I am definitely going to have to check out that book.
Thanks for this posting Andre!