5 Techniques for Bringing Enjoyment to Everyday Tasks

on September 4, 2018 by Evolutions

A New Earth: Chapter 10 – A New Earth

 

We’ve arrived at the final chapter, but we know it’s just the beginning of bringing enjoyment to everyday tasks. Wherever you are in your life’s journey, whatever it is that brings you to Evolutions and this blog, you can be sure that reading this book has opened up your eyes, mind and soul to the wondrous joy of living in the Now.

Getting into the habit of living in the present moment takes time. As with any new habit, it takes some discipline and deliberate practice. However, the process of living with presence is a joyful one: in fact, being joyful is necessary for Presence to become real.

In the last chapter, Eckhart Tolle brings it all together and gives us actionable steps to bring the Outer and Inner Purpose together, leading to a new life of Presence.

Outer and Inner Purpose

Everything in existence has two universal movements: outgoing and returning home. Starting with the Big Bang of the Universe, an explosion that has been expanding ever since. Many scientists believe that the universe may eventually stop expanding and start contracting, returning home. It exploded into birth from nothing, and it will return to nothing: from formless, to form, and back to the formless.

Our bodies echo the life of the universe. From birth, to living, and ultimately to death, returning back to the formless. We can now see that we have both an outer and inner purpose. Both the entire universe and the human being have the same ultimate purpose. The outer purpose is to create the form, to experience, play, interact, etc. Our inner purpose is to remain awake and connected to the formless.

The reconciliation of the outer and inner purpose is the ultimate purpose: to bring consciousness to form.

Awakened Doing

Tolle says that we are currently in the midst of a momentous event in the evolution of the human consciousness, where it can create form without losing itself in it. And this can be done through “awakened doing.” It’s when there’s an alignment of the outer purpose (what you’re actually doing), and the inner purpose (the awakened state, what you’re actually being).

To bring the Outer and Inner consciousness together and live in alignment with the creative power of the universe, there are three modalities of awakened doing: acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm. Each modality has a certain vibrational frequency of consciousness. Note that it isn’t’ what you do, but how you do what you do that determines whether you’re living in consciousness.

Acceptance

To enjoy everything you do is a tall task and not realistic (for most people). Of course, having to wait a long time at the grocery checkout line when you’re dead-tired after a long day’s work would not be an enjoyable experience. Acceptance, however, is much more attainable, even for tasks or situations you may loathe. Here is Tolle’s definition of Acceptance: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.

Performing a task while in a state of acceptance means that you’re at peace with it.

enjoying everyday tasks

Bringing Enjoyment to Everyday Tasks

When you are present, when you stop making the past and the future the center point of your daily life, your quality of life increases dramatically.

Joy doesn’t come from what you do; rather, it flows into what you do and eventually to the world around you. So saying “I enjoy doing this,” is really a misperception. A more accurate thing to say is, “Joy flows into what I’m doing.” By detaching joy from what is to be done, you also stop depending on the world to bring joy to you. This joyful aliveness is really the essence of being. You become a human being, not a human doing.

We can increase joy in our lives simply by applying enjoyment to our everyday tasks. Here are five ways of bringing enjoyment. You will see that the five techniques engage each of our five senses.

  • During your morning shower, pause to really enjoy the sensation of the warm water as it hits and flows down your skin. We’ve all experienced the meditative state as we drift to presence: make it a daily thing! Listen to the sound of the running water. Smell the subtle aroma of soap as it cleanses you. Be one with the sense of touch as you clean your body.
  • When eating a meal, do it slowly and purposefully. Before you even place the food into your mouth, notice the smell. After putting the food into your mouth, actually taste the food and feel its texture. Savor each bite completely before taking another mouthful.
  • Occasionally, pass on the dishwasher and save on electricity bills. Hand wash your dishes and do it slowly and consciously. Feel the warm, soft, soapy water on your hands. Take pleasure in knowing that you’re making something dirty clean again. Rather than rush just to get it over with: practice being present and enjoy the moment of Now, remembering that the now is the only thing that exists.
  • At your place of work, make it a people-watching game. You may think that you see your coworkers every day, but did you really ‘see’ them? Take the time to notice what the closest co-worker is wearing. How she had set up her desk, what’s on them. Notice what she has pinned to her cubicle walls. Notice the color of the walls. Is there anything different or missing? If your place of work has customers, be grateful for all the different types of people you can fully observe every day!
  • Of course, we hope your experience here at Evolutions is always enjoyable, but we all know there are times when working out can be a grind! Periodically, exercising and training demand getting out of your comfort zone and being comfortably uncomfortable. By practicing yoga willfully, know that the stretch and engagement is strengthening your body and therefore your values. By feeling this, your body is adapting, adjusting, and strengthening, which is truly an enjoyable experience. Similarly, during cycling classes, feel your breath flowing deliberately, your heart pumping blood to your working muscles, the aliveness pouring through your body as you challenge your self appropriately. There is a certain exhilaration that comes from observing how you move, what you feel, how you struggle a bit and how you overcome.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is when there’s deep joy in what you’re doing plus a goal or vision that you work towards. Tolle describes it as becoming an arrow that’s zooming towards its target – and enjoying the journey.

This is completely different from “want.” Wanting something is a statement by the ego that you don’t have it already it. Wanting energy is focused in the opposite direction of Awareness. It’s a statement to the universe that you need to take something from a source or someone, whereas enthusiasm starts from a place of abundance. Tolle says, “Enthusiasm wants nothing because it lacks nothing.”

Whatever goal that you have must come from a place of being or consciousness. If it comes from this place, instead of an external goal, then it comes through you onto the world, instead of you expecting the world to give it to you.

If you’re in a place where you don’t want to be (ie. a restaurant worker but your vision is to be an artist), you still need to honor what you’re doing at this moment fully and completely because something may arise out of it. When you bring presence into the now, it’s the fuel to everything you do. You need to be OK with the present moment. Whatever you do, if you bring presence to it, it has deep meaning and purpose for the world.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

It’s easy to say that Tolle ends the book on a very hopeful prediction of future, yet the future is already here, in the Now. Remember that “future” is a construct of the thought-form in your mind.

In the Bible, it’s stated: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”  (5 revelations 21:1) and “the Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 21:17). The arising of heaven is not a future event; rather, it’s something that’s already here and already has been. And to experience it is to have awareness of the present.

Tolle gives us many ways to bring out our inner consciousness so we can experience awareness and live in the present. This is what our souls seek to be. This is the direction of our collective conscience. Through Awakened Doing, we can each contribute to the collective Awareness that’s coming to fruition day by day.

Every one of us plays a part in the universal conscience. We are born, we live and then we pass over to the next state. The stages of our lives are manifestations of the breath of God, and it will repeat for all eternity. We only need to realize this and to just be. But we can only do that when we learn to be present by pausing to be still, to breathe consciously, to listen deeply and stay attuned to our true nature.

Remember the first flower, spreading its colorful petals, reaching towards the sun. Even though that first flower quickly faded, it was inevitable for all others to follow and try again. Like the wave of flora that inevitably bloomed and thrived, the time has come for us, as humanity, to enter the next stage of our beautiful evolution.

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