Episode 93: Instant Satori

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“Take your keys, a piece of fruit, or any handy object, and go outside. Throw the object up into the air. Staying relaxed and easy, catch it. Be sure to catch it. Then come back inside, and continue reading this exercise.

Now consider the moment the object was in the air. At that moment you weren’t thinking of what you’d have for dinner or what you did yesterday. You weren’t thinking of anything else, either. You may have been attending to thoughts before you threw it or after you caught it, but during the throw, you were pure attention, reaching out, waiting for the object’s descent. In that same moment your emotions were open, and your body was alert and vitalizd--a moment of satori.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Instant Satori

“Take your keys, a piece of fruit, or any handy object, and go outside. Throw the object up into the air. Staying relaxed and easy, catch it. Be sure to catch it. Then come back inside, and continue reading this exercise.

Now consider the moment the object was in the air. At that moment you weren’t thinking of what you’d have for dinner or what you did yesterday. You weren’t thinking of anything else, either. You may have been attending to thoughts before you threw it or after you caught it, but during the throw, you were pure attention, reaching out, waiting for the object’s descent. In that same moment your emotions were open, and your body was alert and vitalizd--a moment of satori.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

As Dan describes, “Satori is a word from the Japanese Zen tradition that points to a “sudden awakening” or insight into our fundamental nature.”

And that exercise is one of the coolest, simplest ways I can imagine to guide us to this state of pure awareness and presence in this moment. Try it out! And may we live in many of those moments.