The important objectives of the moment-to-moment inner work
by Atman Nityananda
- To be attentive, vigilant, Self-aware* (to be in conscious contact with the inner silence), to all psychological, bodily and energetic reactions and external happenings. Not to allow the senses to connect freely with what our ego wants or when we connect with some object, to observe it very attentively and inquire about it (e.g., the impermanence of objects and the transience of their experience).
- To notice and observe the egoic thoughts and tendencies that express themselves in us, (in the form of desire, impulse, negative emotion, lust, imagination, criticism, complaints, etc.). Identify their nature and purpose.
- To accept and avoid compulsive reactions to happenings and situations.
- To avoid identification and seduction of thoughts, emotions, impulses, desires, cravings, etc.
- To accept, not to judge and not to react to selfish tendencies, thoughts, emotions, impulses, desires.
- To connect as deeply as possible with inner silence to distance ourselves from tendencies and all kinds of psychological expressions.
- To be fully aware of the tendency (whatever it is, emotion, impulse, desire) and observe it with full attention, that is, fully and carefully feel the tendency.
- To use some method to pacify and diminish it. For example, inquiry, reflection, repetition of affirmations and mantra, prayer.
- Return to the mental-emotional calm and to the conscious contact of silence and inner peace, maintain it and deepen it as much as possible.
- Remain attentive, vigilant, Self-aware, witnessing all psychological, bodily and energetic reactions and external happenings.
- Control the senses. Not to allow the senses to connect freely with what our ego compulsively wants.
*To be attentive, vigilant, Self-aware: To maintain the state of vigilance, attentiveness and Self-awareness (to be in conscious contact with the inner silence), to deepen into the silence and purify the mind it will help us to repeat a mantra with the name of God (‘Om Nama Shivay’ for example) or affirmations of our true nature (‘I am Brahman’, Om Brahman’, or ‘I am Consciousness, Om Consciousness’, etc.).
To avoid our efforts becoming relaxed and diminished, to avoid mechanically repeating the mantra or affirmation, and to remain attentive and aware of ourselves, and to deepen the silence, I reccomend to ask ourselves from time to time: Am I aware at this moment of the inner silence? Am I experiencing inner peace here and now? Where is my attention now? To whom do these thoughts or emotions arise? To me. Who am I?