Starting our days with healthy morning rituals, such as giving thanks, exercising, meditating and eating a nutritious breakfast, can be very helpful as we slowly bring each part of our lives into alignment. Oneness exercises promote the compassionate intent we wish to bring into each moment of our day. Living this way optimizes every effort and maximizes our time commitments. Focusing on our major relationships optimizes our conscious/unconscious interface and offers the focus points of our mindfulness. To keep this mindset throughout the day can be interesting.
Oneness Exercises: Maintaining Our Intent
The most interesting part seems to be how easily we forget our intent, and don't realize that we left it when 'that guy cut me off while driving.' You will be surprised how often we leave our intent behind us...all the time! So rather than beating ourselves up it's reasonable to learn from the process and create a few points of time during the day when we can 'check in' to see how we are doing. We can stop, take a deep breath, smile, and return to our intent. For most of us, these mindfulness exercises become more of a way of life, rather than a goal to be achieved. We might consider this an effort in gentle yet inspiring coaching.
As our skills progress, we slowly advance our meditation practice. There are many ways to do so. We can start with our eyes closed, then with our eyes open. We might begin practicing by taking a few mindful breaths during breaks in our day. (Although we likely need them more as we get busy.) We can begin a walking meditation practice which increases the reach of our practice throughout the day. Slowly we can begin to infuse our practice into the many distractions of our daily life. We can start practicing during a discussion by simply following a few breaths when we feel anxious. During a crisis or argument involving others, this can even help if we are not involved in the argument. Finally, we can practice mindful listening during a crisis or argument where we are involved. When we are involved in a crisis, listening thoughtfully, with only the intent to understand the other person, can have a remarkable affect on the person we are listening to. There will likely be time to get a few of our own points across but first we need to establish rapport, trust and a feeling of being heard by the other.
These ideas don't represent a linear progression but more of an awareness of our need to practice during each moment of the day.
Yes, these efforts can help when we are enduring the pain of depression. As with all 'Wholistic' goals, they help us focus on all aspects of who we are, as each moment presents the opportunity.